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Australia bushfires — How to help and what to do if you have a trip booked?

What do the chaotic bushfires in Australia signify if not the alarming impact of climate change and other environmental threats? Isn’t the possibility of koala population becoming functionally extinct gravely worrying? There’s still a way you can help! Also, confused about the Australia trip from India you’ve booked? Read ahead.

How to help?

A lot of voluntary organizations are running campaigns to raise funds to salvage the wildlife and people who have been rendered homeless by the devastating bushfires. Research and donate only in reliable sources like the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, NSW Rural Fire Service, and GoFundMe campaigns etc. You can also directly support those in need—there are plenty of options for that too, like volunteering to work with NSW Rural Fire Service.

Should you go ahead if you have a trip booked?

Absolutely! First of all, not all areas in Australia are affected by bushfires. The impact of bushfires and smoke haze stays limited mostly in parts of New South Wales and Victoria. Secondly, we love Australia and it depends considerably on its tourism to rebuild what’s lost. But stay up to date with what’s happening in the places you are visiting—that should be enough. Visit here to check live updates of the same.

Also, check with the sources of your accommodation and activities if there are any sudden discrepancies in the plan.

What should you do if there is an emergency situation?

  • Call 000 (triple zero) to report a fire emergency.
  • Stay updated about the situation by calling the line 1800 679 737.
  • Don’t panic if separated from your family, register on this website to find them right away.

It’s upon us to right the wrongs we have done (even unknowingly) to our environment. Let’s keep showing love until the majestic land down under comes back strong:)

Image courtesy: Australia official_instagram

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