Updated: Nov 20, 2020
Australia is not new to bush-fires. It’s a natural occurrence, which is a way to clear wild bushes and grasses to make way for new. Since the arrival of humans on the land, they started to get intensified in order to clear land for agricultural purposes. Some plants as well few animals have adapted for survival in a way that those plants love fire and when all burned-down, they erupt and reproduce. (Tough times in Australia)
Bush-fires occurrences have been not only exaggerated over the years but happening more often. The increase in temperatures, dry-bushes, man-made activities, droughts, and climate change makes them more often and deadly too.
While watching sky-news, I got shocked by the devastation due to recent bush-fires. One lady refused to leave her home but couldn’t save a thing, even the vehicle standing in the porch was burned to dust and the smell of burning metal was still there, according to the eye-witnesses. People were lucky to escape, but not so fortunate to return to their homes. One man was wearing borrowed shoes and clothes; all his stuff was gone.
This recent fire has affected all the states of Australia, but NSW is affected the most. The administration of NSW has declared a state of emergency since December. This recent fire has started in late July and still raging in some states. Some of Australia's largest cities have also been affected, including Melbourne and Sydney - where fires have damaged homes in the outer suburbs and thick plumes of smoke have blanketed the urban centre. Earlier in December, the smoke was so bad in Sydney that air quality measured 11 times the "hazardous" level.
According to CNN, 18 people have died so far. The land loss is huge, which is 5 million hectors (14.6million acres). Many countries have sent their firefighters too, including the US, New Zealand, and Canada. Troops are also being sent by the Australian government to the blaze stricken area for further assistance.
Wildlife is threatened too by these wildfires especially Koalas. Conservationists said that at the end of October hundreds of koalas may have died when a bushfire tore through a New South koala habitat.
My heart aches at the loss of lives and property. The terror of that wildfire alone, heat and then returning to total devastation is all totally heart-torn. One town is totally engulfed and overwhelmed by the fires in NSW (CNN). A man has lost the whole winery to the fire. The agricultural losses are immense too in hard stricken areas.
The fire-fighters are fighting courageously and tirelessly. Some of them have even lost their lives. I was reading a comment on Reddit from Australia that a young fire-fighter has lost his life. I recall a movie on that (ladder-49), in which young firefighters were dying while blazing the fires, and how it has affected the communities and families they have been with. The main firefighter character played by Joaquin Phoenix can’t think of anything besides being a firefighter, he too later died in the movie. The movie was an eye-opening experience for the viewers to dwell into the life of a firefighter. The respects for firefighter are immense, not because it’s a job, but every time they put off a fire, they put their lives at risk. The ladder-49 is an utmost tribute to those firefighters who have lost their lives to fires, and especially to this raging recent bush-fire in Australia.
Though we are thousands of miles away from Australia, living on Northern hemisphere, we are sharing the same globe. I praise the contribution of news channels which are constantly covering those fires and bringing world attention to it. We too share the pain of the loss of Australia. Never think you are alone in it, the world is standing with you in solidarity-together we will heal!