Australia: rain brings hope in the fight against the fires

Sydney | heavy rainfall expected in Australia gave Tuesday a renewed hope on the front lines of the fight against the fires, at the time when Melbourne was enveloped in a cloud of toxic smoke.

These last days, a time fee has already offered some relief to the firefighters, exhausted by these massive fires that devastate since September of vast areas of the huge island-continent.

Some of the most significant fires, including the “mega-fire” that was out of control for almost three months in New South Wales, have finally been brought under control.

This renewed optimism was boosted on Tuesday by the announcement of the arrival of heavy rainfall on some of the regions most affected by these fires, particularly in States heavily populated New South Wales and Victoria, south-eastern Australia.

“This is very good news,” said the fire chief in the rural areas of New South Wales, Shane Fitzsimmons.

“We were talking about it for months now, January could see the first real drop of rain worthy of the name, and it seems to happen in the next few days,” he explained.

Dozens of lights, however, remain out of control. Many weeks of strong heat are still awaited in this season of austral summer, and nothing suggests a quick end to the crisis.

A cloud of poisonous smoke generated by the fires enveloped in the night of Monday to Tuesday, Melbourne, the capital of the State of Victoria, which is to host next week’s Australian Open.

Exercises Grand Slam of suspended

The level of pollution in Melbourne, which normally appears in a list of the top cities in the world the most pleasant to live, has reached a dangerous level, and the health authorities have advised residents to remain in their homes.

The workouts planned on Tuesday in preparation for this Grand Slam tournament, including the No. 1 in the world Rafael Nadal, have been suspended.

The qualifications have been delayed for a few hours and the announcement of their resumption by the organizers, as of late Tuesday morning, has sparked confusion and concern among some players.

The Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella, number 140 in the world,has expressed his disagreement on Twitter.

“I am shocked to see that the qualifying matches began at the Australian Open. What-is-the of the health of the people who work here, including children, who pick up the balls? “, she tweeted.

This fog of smoke, however, should not remain in Melbourne throughout the week. Has rainy weather and a change in wind direction are expected, which should help clear this cloud of pollution.

Since the beginning of these roaring fires in September, at least 27 people are dead, more than 2,000 homes have been destroyed and an area of 100 000 square kilometres (10 million hectares) – larger than the land area of South Korea – is in smoke.

Related to a drought, particularly severe in Australia, these fires are aggravated by global warming, which scientists predict for a long time that the recurrence of these extreme weather events will only get worse.

The year 2019 has been the hottest and driest ever recorded.

The scale of the disaster has raised a huge wave of solidarity across the planet and the donations arrived to help the people and animals affected.

The australian flora and fauna, which are species unique in the world, have been severely affected. According to estimates, a billion animals have been killed.

The Environment minister, Sussan Ley, has warned that in some areas, koalas, should be classified under endangered species.