Australia is in the midst of one of the worst bushfire crises the world has seen. Since September, entire communities have been engulfed by relentless heat and fires. The flames are showing no signs of slowing down - which means only one thing... death tolls are rising.
But we recently heard that a huge "rain bomb" was set to hit the drought-ridden country and it looks like we finally have some good news!
Farmers are taking to social media to express their contentment for the recent downpour... The videos speak for themselves.
Australia is being ravished by one of the worst bush fire crises the world has seen in decades.
via: Getty ImagesDue to soaring temperatures and one of the worst droughts in years, the relentless fires have been burning since September. We're currently in January. Just let that sink in.
New South Wales is suffering immensely at the moment.
via: Getty ImagesThere have been fires reported in every state, but New South Wales is truly taking a beating by bush fires and is undoubtedly the hardest hit. More than 5,900 buildings have been destroyed.
NSW declared a state of emergency last month.
via: Getty ImagesWhat does this mean? Well, it grants "extraordinary powers" to the NSWRFS commissioner, including the authority to allocate government resources and direct government agencies in taking action, according to CNN.
Twenty-nine people have been confirmed to have died in the fires since they started...
via: Getty ImagesIncluding several volunteer firefighters.
The fires have also had a devasting impact on wildlife.
via: Getty ImagesSeveral of Australia's native species have been affected including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, possums, wombats, and echidnas.
Over one billion animals have died.
via: Getty ImagesCBS News reports that it's thought now over one billion mammals, birds, and reptiles have died since September.
The Australian fire services have also been struggling...Firefighters all over the country have been tirelessly battling the formidable blazes and are struggling to contain them, and the fire services are truly stretched to their limits.
Australia has ultimately been forced to make a global call for help...
via: Getty ImagesAnd it was Canada that was the first to respond and take action. The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, based in Winnipeg, answered the call for help after realizing the bush fire situation is expected to continue for many more weeks and they even gave up their Christmases to help fight the raging fires.
Other countries offered their assistance...
via: Getty ImagesIncluding the U.S. and New Zealand, who have sent in more firefighters to try and help tackles the blazes.
Volunteers have been stepping forward all around the country...
via: CBCOrdinary people with regular professions have been volunteering to help tackle the flames and they have been working for free.
How long could the fires actually be burning for?
via: Getty ImagesSadly, Australia has only just entered summer, meaning temperatures could remain high for some weeks. In fact, temperatures usually reach their highest during January and February, so there may be no end in sight for months.
The assistance from global fire services has been very much appreciated...
via: Getty ImagesAnd the volunteers have shown incredible bravery to leave behind their homes and tackle the fires head-on.
But despite the high volume of firefighters currently tackling the blazes...
via: Getty ImagesHuman effort is simply not enough to extinguish the raging fires.
The country is in desperate need of rain...
via: Getty ImagesBut the drought seemed to be never-ending.
Mother Nature works in mysterious ways, however...
via: Getty ImagesA recent weather forecast for Australia gave the entire country hope.
The New South Wales Rural Fire Service tweeted this weather map...
If this @BOM_NSW rainfall forecast comes to fruition then this will be all of our Christmas, birthday, engagement,… https://t.co/7RbzDzKufq— NSW RFS (@NSW RFS)1578871523.0
And, today, the rain began falling!
via: Nine NetworkAccording to Daily Mail, downpours have already helped to extinguish thirty-two bushfires in New South Wales "as the number of blazes fell from 120 to 88 on Thursday morning." And, even better, heavy downpours are forecast for most of NSW and up to twenty-five-millimeters is expected to fall on parts of the south coast!
This rain will be a true blessing to the country...
via: Getty ImagesSydney is expected to receive its most significant downpour in several months, with forecasts of 2-8 millimeters on Thursday and 5-10 millimeters on Friday.
But with every weather forecast comes a weather warning...
via: Getty ImagesIt has been warned that the predicted heavy down-pours could cause landslides, which could result in an equal amount of devastation.
The weather predictions have been studied heavily...
via: TwitterBOM meteorologist Gabrielle Woodhouse said to the Daily Mail, "We are looking at a couple of days in a row of some showers and thunderstorms, some of which may produce significant accumulation over those couple of days."
Australia is incredibly vulnerable at the moment...
via: Getty Images
"It will be quite welcome but there are some extra dangers and risks associated with it as the landscape is quite vulnerable with the fire damage... We've lost a lot of vegetations and there is the risk of landslips," she went on to say.But, for now, we'll take what we can get. The news of rain hitting burning Australia is incredible - we'll keep the country and all those fighting to save it in our thoughts and pray for more rain! Stay tuned for further updates.
Something amazing has happened...
via: ShutterstockMother Earth seems to have heard the cries of millions of people.
Such a relief.
via: ShutterstockFarmers all across the east coast have breathed a sigh of relief after heavy rain was forecast to hit the affected areas.
There are still concerns.
via: ShutterstockAlthough firefighters are overjoyed with the news of rain, there're are still concerns that the heavy storms could result in landslides, flash flooding, and contamination of clean water sources with the ash and debris left behind by the fire.
The damage is done.
via: Getty ImagesThough the relief can be felt by everyone, it's clear that no amount of rain can rectify the destruction the fires have caused.
Not everyone is happy the rain is here.
via: Getty ImagesAt Sydney airport, the ground crew is struggling to keep the flight schedule on time.
Most people are loving it.
via: ShutterstockEspecially one farmer from New South Wales. Keep scrolling to see what he did.
Enjoying the rain in his underpants.
via: FacebookScientists say that more rain is needed to break the 3-year drought spell, but one man from Tottenham NSW is just living in the moment.
The joy is spreading.
via: RedditAnother farmer has taken to social media to share his opinions on the recent forecast. Keep scrolling to watch the video.
His animals are overjoyed.
via: Daily MailThe farmer shares a photo of his cows all stood trying to get the most of the rainfall, surrounded by puddles forming all around the property. 'My cows – here’s some rain to give you some feed,' he is heard saying to the animals. Watch the heartwarming video below.