Here is the latest tally from the state of New South Wales
The south coast has been devastated by bushfires. 15 lives lost, four in the past 24 hours Two people remain missing More than 100 bushfires burning 3.6 million hectares burned, greater than the size of Belgium 1087 homes confirmed destroyed. The fires started on the 7th of September, 2019.
Malua Bay fire: survivors tell how 1,000 people lived through a night of flames on an NSW beach, survivors spoke of how 1,000 people spent the night on the beach in a bid to seek shelter from the flames. “Everyone was on the beach, just covered in ash and smoke,” Al Baxter, told Guardian Australia. “There was a strange calmness. People were as close to the water’s edge as they could [be]. People were literally just lying on the beach trying to keep out of the smoke and ash. In Victoria, Mick Roberts from Buchan in the East Gippsland region had been unaccounted for since Monday. He was found dead in his home on Wednesday. Guardian
Half a billion animals perish in Australian bushfires
There are real concerns entire species of plants and animals have been wiped out by bushfires following revelations almost 500 million animals have died since the crisis began. Ecologists from the University of Sydney now estimate 480 million mammals, birds and reptiles have been lost since September. That figure is likely to soar following the devastating fires which have ripped through Victoria and the NSW South Coast over the past couple of days, leaving several people dead or unaccounted for, razing scores of homes and leaving thousands stranded. NZH