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!
Now, shocking before and after images have shown what a huge difference this rainfall has made.
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, sure enough, 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 followed for most of NSW.
This rain was a true blessing to the country...
via: Getty ImagesSydney received its most significant downpour in several months, with 2-8 millimeters on Thursday and 5-10 millimeters on Friday.
But with every weather forecast comes a weather warning...
via: Getty ImagesIt was warned that the predicted heavy down-pours could cause landslides, which could result in an equal amount of devastation.
The weather predictions were 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.
And now some shocking images following the rainfall have surfaced.
But all was not lost.
via: NASAThese satellite pics show the dangerous levels of smoke in the air during the height of the fires.
via: NASAAfter just a few days of rain, the levels of smoke and pollution in the atmosphere have hugely dropped.
But that's not all.
via: InstagramReturning to his rural property just ten weeks after the destruction of the fires, he shared a shocking before and after image.
But now, it's looking rather different.
via: Instagram"My place 10 weeks ago after the fire had gone through, and this morning after a big weekend of rain," he captioned the amazing shot. Want to see a different kind of before and after shot? Scroll on for the shocking images that really depict the devastations of the bushfires.