As raging wildfires continue to plague Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison made an announcement that it would give the necessary compensation to all the volunteer firefighters in New South Wales (NSW). According to reports, Morrison said that payments up to 6,000 Australian dollars will be given to all those who spent more than a period of 10 days fighting the bushfires this season.
Morrison in a statement said that he was aware of the fact that firefighters were tacking wildfires in tough conditions especially in regional and rural areas. He further added that the intensity of the wildfires this season has resulted in more than what volunteer firefighters normally do in a fire season. He also said that all the government employees volunteering will receive additional paid leave.
According to reports, a different set of rules apply across Australian states and people who volunteer directly talk to their employers for their time off. The raging wildfires have claimed more than 9.9 million acres of land in about five states since the month of September with additional reports suggesting that eight people have also lost their lives in the fires.
With firefighters battling raging wildfires in Australia and trying to put out fires in badly burned areas, Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended the country's policies on climate change alongside his decision to go to Hawaii for a holiday. According to reports, the Bureau of Meteorology mentioned that with the weather being cool and favourable over the next few days, firefighters will continue to put out fires in badly burned areas with special focus on the Blue mountains region located to the west of Sydney. Australia has also been criticized at the United Nations summit in Madrid because of its policy on climate change that uses old carbon credits to count future emission targets
Australia is currently reeling under a record-breaking heatwave which led to the melting of roads in parts of the country. Port Augusta City Council, in a Facebook post, said that some roads were showing ‘signs of bleeding’ due to extreme heat conditions. It also advised commuters, other than the local residents, to avoid the roads and take an alternate route. In some of the parts of South Australia, the temperature soared to almost 50 degrees Celsius and Null arbour set the December record for the state, reaching 49.9 degrees Celsius.
Nice try @BOM_Qld and @BOM_WA but it looks like the December record will stay with us for now! 49.9°C at Nullarbor at 4:54pm, preliminary data puts this as the 4th highest temp on record (all months) in Australia. 🌡️🥵 Obs at: https://t.co/OazoPRe4P8https://t.co/1gyIs23TQa— Bureau of Meteorology, South Australia (@BOM_SA) December 19, 2019
(With inputs from agencies)