A dog was able to find his favorite toy in the rubble after his family’s home had burned down in flames during Australia’s bushfire crisis.
The bittersweet moment occurred in Wairewa, Victoria, where the Zagame family returned home only to find their house reduced to ashes.
While nearly everything was burned beyond recognition, a small glimpse of hope emerged as the family dog, OJ, discovered his beloved toy in the pile of rubble.
Joining the family on the tour of what used to be their home was 7News, whereas Louisa Cheatley, a Channel 7 reported, uploaded the bittersweet photo of OJ playing with his favorite toy on top of the burned land.
As Prime Minister Scott Morrison previously announced, some $100 million of the $2 billion bushfire crisis relief fund have been assigned to provide families most affected by the fires with grants up to $75,000.
“This is an estimate. It is not a cap. This will be a demand-driven program. [It] can be everything from sheds and fences, or it could be equipment, it could be the solar panels that actually power their pumping facilities on the dams, or anything of this nature,” the PM said.
As the agriculture minister added, thousands of families and farmers have lost nearly everything to raging fires.
“It is not just livestock losses. It is oyster sheds on the Clyde River. It’s what’s going to happen to those type of enterprises once the charcoal and ash, after a good rain, ends up in our waterways,” Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie said.
“It is our Batlow apple farmers. It is our wine industry in the Adelaide Hills, our sheep and beef producers more broadly, and our dairy industry.”
As McKenzie added, “the eligibility criteria will be incredibly simple because our goal is to get cash on the ground to the farmers so they can actually get on with the rebuilding.”
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