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.
Generosity has been shown all around the world after hundreds of thousands have donated money to the struggling country, including a lot of A-listers.
However, the Kardashian-Jenners have all been slammed for their "heartless" posts in regards to this terrible crisis.
Keep scrolling to learn more...
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. According to CNN, so far, in New South Wales alone, more than 900 houses 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.
The raging fires have had a devastating impact...The BBC reported that close to fifty bush fires continue to burn in populated coastal and inland regions to the city's north.
Seventeen people have sadly been confirmed to have died in the fires since they started...
via: Getty ImagesIncluding several volunteer firefighters.
And it's not just the flames themselves that are having deadly consequences...
via: Getty ImagesLast month, the smoke was so bad in Sydney that air quality measured eleven times the "hazardous" level, CNN reported.
The Australian fire services have been stretched to their limits.Firefighters all over the country have been tirelessly battling the formidable blazes and are struggling to contain them. Keep scrolling to see the heartbreaking pictures of the aftermath.
Australia has even been forced to make a global call for help...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 gave up their Christmas 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.
But even with assistance from overseas...
welcome to 2020. Australia is literally burning. 4,000 people have fled to Mallacoota beach as a bushfire bears dow… https://t.co/2H0VUuWWAp— Tom Warren (@Tom Warren)1577768890.0
People have been desperately fleeing to beaches for cover.
Australian Bushfires The surreal scene at Currarong in Jervis Bay with huge plumes from the northern flank of the… https://t.co/aB0ZUf6TYU— Liliane Breuning (@Liliane Breuning)1577965325.0
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 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. Keep scrolling to see the latest snaps showing the true devastation the fires have had on the native wildlife.
And the latest statistics are some of the most alarming yet.
A staggering number of animals have perished in the fires.
via: Getty ImagesAnd its only set to get worse. But the number that surfaced last week was utterly heartbreaking.
Nearly half a billion animals have died.Ecologists from the University of Sydney have said that it's thought around 480 million mammals, birds, and reptiles have died since September.
It's a heartbreaking statistic.
via: GettyBut, despite the devastating reality of what is happening to the country, not all hope is gone.
Australian communities have rallied together in a bid to save the country's struggling wildlife and communities...
via: GettyBut there is one family, in particular, who have gone to exceptional measures to help the animals, birds, and reptiles of Australia.
The Irwins have heroically stepped in...
via: GettyThe late wife and children of the Australian wildlife enthusiast, and overall legend, Steve Irwin, have been working tirelessly to protect as many animals and communities as possible.
Other celebrities have shown their kindness, generosity, and support...
via: Getty ImagesFor instance, American singer P!nk donated a generous $500,000 to the Australian fire services and Aussie comedian Celeste Barber helped raise more than $22 million. Truly amazing.
But there's one family that has been heavily criticized for their lack of involvement...
via: Getty ImagesAnd that's the Kardashians, of course.
The world-famous family have been, as usual, very active on social media.
Climate change is real 💔🌎— Kim Kardashian West (@Kim Kardashian West)1578035418.0
People found this tweet hypocritical...
https://t.co/K4c4TDLP2u https://t.co/vPyEMe7eRB— Tim Fitzgerald (@Tim Fitzgerald)1578147604.0
There has so far been no evidence that the wealthy family has contributed anything...
i don’t understand why the kardashian/jenner family think that “💔🌎” is gonna solve the fires in australia when the… https://t.co/AFjfl5WeGE— zo (@zo)1578260636.0
People have been outlining some harsh realities...
we got young women prostituting themselves to stop the actual country of australia from burning, while kim kardashi… https://t.co/Iw2w3VvoJv— Amber|✊🏽🇯🇲 (@Amber|✊🏽🇯🇲)1578248164.0
But Kim has finally spoken out about the criticism...
nothing gets me more heated than to see people think they know what we donated to and to think we have to publicize… https://t.co/B4qgzu8c8r— Kim Kardashian West (@Kim Kardashian West)1578293383.0
We hope that the Kardashians can find the generosity in their hearts to help those in need...
via: Getty ImagesAnd all we can do is hope and pray that the donations already made will make somewhat of a difference.