Death Toll In Australian Bushfires Reaches 29 Despite Recent Rainfall Helping Firefighters Contain BlazesWildfire - Representative Image

An 84-year-old man in Australia who was being treated for burns sustained in the bushfires ravaging the country has died, taking the national toll to 29, police said on Sunday (19 January).

The man, a resident of the town of Cobargo, had since 31 December, 2019 remained admitted in a hospital in Sydney, the capital of the state of New South Wales, where he passed away on Saturday morning, reports Efe news.

The bushfire in Cobargo, which has 776 inhabitants, has also claimed the lives of another two people, a 63-year-old man and his 29-year-old son.

Rainfall and falling temperatures in recent days have helped firefighters contain dozens of active blazes in Victoria and New South Wales, the hardest hit state where 21 of the deaths have been recorded.

Since September 2019, the blazes have destroyed more than 80,000 square km, an area larger than Ireland or Panama, charring more than 2,000 houses.

Up to 1 billion animals, mainly mammals, birds and reptiles, are estimated to have been affected by the devastating fires, according to Australian ecologists.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber