The bushfires that have been raging since September have killed a total of 24 people and destroyed over 2,000 homes.
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Malaysia has offered to assist Australia in combating its deadly bushfire crisis that has escalated in the southeastern part of the country
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the help includes deploying the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) and Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (SMART) assets and personnel to help put out the devastating bushfires and support rescue operations.
“I am deeply saddened to learn about the massive bushfires that have caused the loss of lives and extensive damage in Australia,” she wrote on her official Facebook account yesterday, 5 January.
“On behalf of the Malaysian Government, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the victims, their families, and all those affected.”
The offer comes a day after the Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia praised Malaysians for their generosity and sympathy towards the crisis that has engulfed his country
“Malaysians have big hearts,” tweeted the commissioner, Andrew Goledzinowski.
“Just today, one minister said Australia is like a second home to many Malaysians. Another minister said that they have spoken to the Department of Federal Territory Islamic Affairs (JAWI) and asked the mosques to do special prayers. While a businessman had asked how he could help.”
“When you need a friend… turn to a Malaysian,” he concluded.
Malaysians have big hearts.Just today:• One Minister: “Australia is like a second home to many of us”• Another Minister: “I hv spoken to JAWI and asked the mosques to do special prayers”• Sr businessman: “How can we help?”When you need a friend…turn to a M’sian https://t.co/G5SN1uUMap
— Andrew Goledzinowski (@AusHCMalaysia) January 4, 2020
Property damaged by the East Gippsland fires in Sarsfield, Victoria on 1 January.
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According to BBC News, the fires have been made worse by severe draught and strong winds, creating difficult conditions for the thousands of firefighters deployed in the field.
The Star reported that the flames have burnt over five million hectares of land across three Australian states, namely New South Wales, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory, of which two have declared a state of emergency.
Concerning images of the extent of the fires have been making rounds on the Internet
“The images coming out of Australia are apocalyptic,” said Twitter user @RohanBeg, commenting on the eerie orange glow that has enveloped the nation, caused by the smoke from the raging bushfires.
The images coming out of Australia are apocalyptic.The scale of the fires are unprecedented. Troops and intl. aid have been mobilized.12 million hectres of land have been burned. Half a billion flora and fauna incinerated. 24 people dead.This dwarfs the Amazon blaze. pic.twitter.com/SGgfiNgN4d
— Rohan Javet Beg (@RohanBeg) January 4, 2020
Meanwhile, a visual designer on Instagram compiled satellite data to create a worrying 3D visualisation of all the areas affected by bushfires in the last month.
Here’s how you can help the bushfire crisis
Malaysians have been advised not to travel to Australia for the time being:
It has been reported that 480 million animals have perished in the fires:
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