Australia Finally Experiencing Downpours After Three-Year Drought and Devastating Fires | 22 Words

Australia is still in the midst of one of the worst bushfire crises the world has seen. Since September last year, entire communities have been engulfed by relentless heat and fires.

But now, we finally have some good news... Keep scrolling to find out more!

Australia is being ravished by one of the worst bush fire crises the world has seen in decades.

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Due to soaring temperatures and one of the worst droughts in years, the relentless fires have been burning since September.

New South Wales is suffering immensely at the moment.

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There 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 6,000 buildings have been destroyed.

NSW declared a state of emergency in December.

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What 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.

Thirty-four people have been confirmed to have died in the fires since they started...

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Including several volunteer firefighters.

The fires have also had a devasting impact on wildlife.

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Several of Australia's native species have been affected including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, possums, wombats, and echidnas.

Over one billion animals have died.

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CBS 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...

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And 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...

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Including 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...

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Ordinary 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?

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Sadly, Australia has only just entered summer, meaning temperatures could remain high for some weeks.

The assistance from global fire services has been very much appreciated...

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And 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...

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Human effort is simply not enough to extinguish the raging fires.

The country has been in desperate need of rain...

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But the drought seemed to be never-ending.

Mother Nature works in mysterious ways, however...

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And after months of bushfires and years if drought... there's been some good news.

It's finally raining in Australia!

Eastern parts of Australia have finally received some rainfall, providing relief from the raging fires.

But sadly, the rain may cause more harm than good.

The area now faces problems with flooding, power outages, and water damage.

Quentin Grafton, a water expert and economics professor at the Australian National University, admitted that the rainfall isn' t all positive.

Speaking to Metro, Grafton explained: "At this stage, it's very good news, and certainly much more than people could have wished for or expected." "There are some very happy people." But sadly, the downpour hasn't been distributed evenly across the affected areas.

But there's no doubt there have been some major celebrations.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service tweeted: "This is the most positive news we've had in some time." "The recent rainfall has assisted firefighters to put over 30 fires out since Friday. Some of these blazes have been burning for weeks and even months."

The rain has been a long time coming...

And while this rainfall may not be the end to Australia's problems, it has certainly been welcomed with open arms.