Australian Wildfires Are Still Dangerously Raging
Australians are still battling the devastating wildfires today. Although temperatures dropped and the country was given a “welcome reprieve” after a period of rain, experts are warning that “The worst is yet to come.” With the country’s heatwave and cyclone seasons on its way. The horrific fires have been raging since September after a combination of drought and hot weather, killing 26 people, destroying more than 200,000 homes, and reported by Professor Chris Dickman who is a biodiversity expert at the University of Sydney, it is estimated that 480 million animals have been affected by the bushfires.
Climate Change Experts are warning that extreme weather conditions could further put Austrailia in risk with cyclones, floods and hot temperatures in the coming summer. Professor of School of Earth, Atmosphere, and Environment and Monash University said “Public Attention on the disastrous bushfire crisis will rightly continue for weeks to come. But as we direct resources to copping and recovery, we should not forget other weather and climate challenges looming this summer.” He added “Cyclones often bring welcome rains to drought-affected communities. But we should not overlook the serious damage these systems may bring such as coastal flooding and wing damage – again requiring intervention from emergency services.”
“And we are still a month away from the riskiest time for heatwaves in southern Australia. We’ve already had some severe heatwaves this summer. However, they usually peak in the middle and end of the summer, so the worst may be yet to come.”
Gabriel Kam, a 16 yr old one of the victims of the tragic fire said: “There isn’t really any way to describe the intensity of the fires.”
“You don’t think you’ll actually lose everything until it already happened,” he told Radio 1 Newsbeat. “The shock will never fully set in.”
“One thing you’ll hear from a lot of firefighters is that the fire felt like it was alive… It completely encapsulated our house.”