15 Then And Now Photos Show the True Extent of Damage by Bushfires Ravaging Australia
As the extent of damage done by bush fires in Australia begins to reveal itself, one can only look in disbelief at the carnage and devastation that has consumed the country. Since last September 2019, the fires consuming the country are still raging in different spots and a staggering 10 million hectares have been estimated to be damaged in comparison to 800,000 hectares of damage by bushfires in 2018. It is indeed a sad day for Australia especially for the poor and helpless animals who have suffered more than anyone can imagine. Almost 480, million animals have been affected by way of death, displacement, starvation and the impending aftermath.
As if to make things worse, Kangaroo Island has received fresh alerts of new fires that could possibly occur in the coming days. The Island has also received an evacuation alert where conditions continue to worsen for residents. In Victoria, the state of disaster has been extended and NSW is also preparing for temperatures above 40C in the next few days.
2“Tathra Beach, NSW in Australia. Before and after the smoke and ash from surrounding fires arrived. The black
debris in the bottom photo is charred wood and ash washed up on the shore”
It is a tragedy unlike the country has ever seen and from across the ravaged and worst hit areas of the country; people have posted on social media before and after pictures showing how bad the situation can be. People had to run to the beach to escape from the fires.
3Kangaroo Island: Ecologists have grave concern for the future of the wildlife
The bushfires on Kangaroo Island have killed thousands of Koalas, sheep, and other animals. More than 155,000 hectares have been destroyed which is almost one third of the Island’s entire area. Ecologists worry about the future of endangered wildlife on the island. “The land is called a little Noah’s Ark for various species” said ecologist at Land for Wildlife, Heidi Groffen. She said that all 8 private land sites run by the organization for endangered species like dunnarts, goannas, echidnas, bandicoots and the glossy black-cockatoos have been burned badly. Even monitoring cameras were melted.
4Mogo wildlife Park
Almost half a billion animals have been affected from the blaze in NSW alone as revealed by ecologists at University of Sydney that include mammals, birds, and reptiles. However, one zookeeper on Mogo Island said that all animals of the wildlife sanctuary were safe.
5Cobargo’s Main Street
Cobargo was badly affected leaving many residents angry that not much was done to protect their town. A report in BBC.com said that residents heckled the Prime Minister asking why only four trucks were there to defend their town. Thousands have left NSW which is being called the largest relocation of the region ever.