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LOSING EVERYTHING: The real cost of the bushfire crisis

With the catastrophic bushfires still raging in many parts of the nation, many of us are hesitant to watch the news each night, afraid of what we might see.

I recently got back from a holiday to Dungog.

It was pretty confronting to drive through and see the aftermath of these fires and what once was a gorgeous and green area, black, charred and lifeless.

These events touched me so much.

It was pretty confronting to drive through and see the aftermath of these fires and what once was a gorgeous and green area, black, charred and lifeless.

As of the 14th of January 2020, it is estimated that this season’s fires have burnt 18.6 million hectares (186,000 square kilometers) destroyed over 5,900 buildings (including 2,683 homes) and has unfortunately killed many people.

Due to the size of these fires, the smoke haze was able to be seen all across Australia, reaching New Zealand, and even South America! Many schools across Australia were shut down, and many asthmatics couldn’t leave their homes.

These dangerous fires have reached the news all across the world, I have been getting messages from America, and even France!

My friend Carol Duncan’s dad’s house recently burnt down in these ruthless bush fires.

She says: ‘My dad’s loss is simply incomprehensible and tragic. He lost literally everything – his home, his car, all of their precious photographs and belongings. This fire was on 8 October last year and they are still waiting to be in a home of their own.”

These large fires would never have stopped burning if it wasn’t for the help of the RFS, WIRES, The Red Cross, and volunteer firefighters.

We really owe it to these incredible people; they have done so much to selflessly help many.

If you haven’t donated already, please go to the following websites to donate and help these amazing people to save more.

RFS NSW
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Australian Red Cross

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Written by Mia Kearney