Australia has been fighting after being tortured by natural disasters for the last few months, caused by extreme weather.
It all happened due to destructive fires by drought, to flash flooding that occurred when that drought suddenly ended.
The damage was done by bushfires to wildlife and communities can be seen in pictures. While the southern states of Victoria and New South Wales aren’t out of the woods yet and many fires are still burning. Some photos show that life goes on in the areas that the fire already passed through.
Plants that have grown to shield their buds due to a fire so they can quickly re-sprout after being burnt at the surface.
They also take advantage of the nutrients in ash, are called pyrophytic plants.The cycle of being burnt and growing back again is not new for Australia’s vegetation, the plant and animal survivors still face challenges.
In 2011, and 2009 fire was the most deadly to humans in Australia’s history. It is believed that previously unknown and rare plants had emerged in Victoria’s Kinglake National Park.
The recent tragedy eclipses that fire or any yearly fire season since then in terms of the amount of land consumed, though, and it only because Australia’s ecosystem is able to hit back from fires, that doesn’t soften the blow of the human and animal suffering that has taken place as immediate consequences.
According to scientists, more intense summer temperatures and droughts in recent years can make large-scale fires more likely as well as increasing the duration of the fire season.
Organizations working to rebuild communities have had to send a word of caution to people abroad who want to help, though.
Some organizations have received so many boxes of blankets and mittens for recuperating animals that they no longer have a place to store them and also aren’t too pleased with the environmental impact of international shipping.
People are helping to make life easy for victims by donating material goods because they feel like they know exactly what they’re being used for.
But Juanita Rilling of the US Center for International Disaster Information urges people to understand that it is important to send financial donations to organizations providing assistance to the animals and people that have lost their homes.
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