May 11, 2021

Military will advise firefighters in Australian fires

Australian military will advise firefighters in the fight against forest fires that have burned since last August in the southeast of the country, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday.

Military advisors will be sent to each of the 14 control centers in New South Wales, the state most affected by fires that could get worse in the following days due to rising temperatures.

“We will continue to do everything in our power so that our firefighters have all the resources and support they need,” Morrison said in a statement.

If necessary, the prime minister said the Army will provide bulldozers, water tanks and troops to fight fires.

Morrison said the Armed Forces are already collaborating with helicopters in search and rescue tasks and also provide support for transportation, lodging and distribution of food and fuel.

At least 8 people have died due to fires that have also affected the states of New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland.

At least a thousand homes have been burned by fire, 800 of them in New South Wales, where three million hectares have been burned, an area similar to Belgium.

During these days, the voices calling for the remuneration and professionalization of the thousands of volunteer firefighters who have been working tirelessly for weeks and months have worked tirelessly.

In addition, environmental groups have accused the prime minister for his support of the coal industry and for refusing to link the rise in temperatures and fires with the climate crisis.

The fires began before the beginning of the southern summer, which begins in December and in which a shortage of rain is expected until March 21.

The most serious fires lived in the oceanic country in recent decades occurred in early February 2009 in the state of Victoria (southeast): they caused 173 dead and 414 injured.


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