The rain comes, but for a while
In these days the situation has improved slightly: rain has come in the state of New South Wales (in south-eastern Australia), where the fires were most extensive.
And, after long dramatic months, even the firefighters still busy on the many fires still burning start to hope again. But starting from the weekend the rains will end, the temperatures will rise again and the situation could become even more serious.
The most affected areas
In New South Wales (NSW) , fire destroyed more than five million hectares, more than 2,000 homes and forced thousands to leave their homes and seek refuge elsewhere .
In Victoria , where the fires burned 1.2 million hectares, the “state of disaster” was extended to the most affected areas, allowing authorities to impose evacuation. Three people , including a fireman, died in the city and around 20 fires are still burning.
The massacre of animals is moving the world and the struggle to save as many species as possible continues unabated. The victims of the devastating fires are many and the future of many species in the country is already compromised .
The country can boast unique animals and habitats: here are the Tasmanian devils , koalas , kangaroos , quokka , a marsupial that is described as the happiest animal in the world, the wombats. You can see the dingoes (wild canids), the penguins and the shy platypus .
The white shark, various species of snakes, spiders, crocodiles and jellyfish can be found . In the Great Barrier Reef you can swim between giant manta rays, turtles, whales and whale sharks.