Wildfires are not new to Australia. But the massive loss of human and animal life experienced this season is cataclysmic. Along with a substantial economic loss and destruction of infrastructure, the world is also on a threat of catastrophic extinction. Fires are unpredictable, they can start of nowhere without any prior warning. The whole of humanity is witnessing the mass destruction helplessly. No one is able to find a way to escape.
Why are fires so calamitous?
High heat intensity, extended drought conditions, and strong winds have fueled the deadly fire blazes. In the mid of December, the country witnesses the hottest day ever in history. With an average temperature of 42°c, the western Sidney is in the firm grip of heatwaves.
The Amazon fires, which were witnessed in August of last year, burn almost 9 lac hectares. The bushfires in Australia proves to be even worse. The area affected by the catastrophic fires equals to the total land area of England. The spring season of 2019 was the driest in 120 years of history.
The lack of rain has turned the grasslands, trees, and shrubs into the timber. Brisk winds favor this condition and fan the flames across all the major cities of Australia.
History of bushfires and its consequences
Australia has been the victim of many historical bushfires. Those fires are memorized now by factors like when they happen, where they happen, and what loss they deliver. 2009 black Saturday fire was most fierce in terms of loss of human life. The deadly fire blazes engulfed almost 173 people. In terms of infrastructure damage, the flames in 1974 were the worst. One hundred seventeen million hectares were burnt down to ashes.
Earlier, the fires happened every 40 or 50 years. But now we are experiencing it more frequently. Every one of us knows that wildfires have resulted in mass extinction and reshaped the life on the planet. If not often, then this has happened at least once in the history of the earth. Thousands of dinosaurs were led to death by an asteroid strike. Scientists are again fearing that these deadly global firestorms are gradually pushing the species towards extinction. The current fires started back in October of 2019 and have taken the lives of 25 people and millions of animals so far.
Conflagration and life of animals on stake
Fires are not unusual in Australia, but the massive destruction this year is exacerbated by climate change. The flames had left an adverse effect on animal life there, leading millions of them to death.
Australia is counted among the seven megadiverse countries of the world. The country is rich in species variation. The current bushfires had put many mammals, birds, and other living beings at the risk of extinction. Gondwana rainforest is the world heritage and home to millions of invertebrate species.
The forest has become an inferno. The life there is passing through a terrifying period. About 66 million years ago, the asteroid ravaged almost 75% of the species.
A team from the University of Sydney declared the loss of animal life to be more than 480 million. The exact figure could only be known once the fire stop.
Kangaroos, wombats, and koalas are one of the primary victims of bushfires. The blazes had incinerated almost a third of all koalas in north-south whales.
The photos are revealing the scorched skin, blain paws, and blistered fur of burning animals is shattering the heart into pieces. Even after the rescue, they fail to survive due to such extensive injuries.
Rain brought some relief
The bushfire is not only burning the land and animal life, but it is also polluting the nearby areas. Asthmatic patients are all set to leave Australia, as breathing in this air is highly toxic. The conditions were moving towards the worst possible scenario, but it started raining dramatically on last Saturday.
The news coming from the forests of Australia is heartbreaking to watch and hear. Out of pain and despair, the Christian and Muslim community of Australia gather to perform a prayer for rain. Almighty listened to the prayers, and the sky starts pouring rain magically.
was not giving firefighters to establish defensive measures. But the blissful
news of rain added some ease to the situation. However, the problem is not
resolved yet. Australia is still burning. Let’s put our hands together and pray
for their comfort.
Criticism on Australia’s government
The government of Australia is facing a massive backlash for this miserable condition of the country. Prime minister Scott Morrison, left for a family holiday, leaving behind the state in such a chaotic situation. He responded to the crisis by calling bushfires nothing unusual. Mr. Morrison denounced the calls to restrict the coal industry. He also denies changing the regulatory approach to climate change.
People come out for the protest, outside Morrison’s residence. They demand some immediate action against climate change.
Cull of feral animals
The order to
kill camels and other wild animals have stimulated another debate in the world.
The public criticized the decision.
The question here is, what made the government issue such a violent order?
Camels and some horses from the arid areas are entering the residential areas in search of water. They’ve become a threat and symbol of fear for the residents. The influenced communities are facing severe safety hazards. To Cope with the scarce water and food supply, and to avoid the damages to infrastructure and other national assets, the government issues the order to shoot 10,000 camels.
This decision made many communities act abruptly.
Reaction on Twitter
People from all over the world are reacting to this devastating situation in Australia. There’s a massive debate on Twitter regarding the issue. People are coming up with their concerns and opinions.
Humankind is mourning on this unrepairable loss. People are all set to donate and help the burning creatures there. The scientists are worried as there’s no door to escape this horrendous firestorm. Other countries need to learn from the experience of Australia.