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.

The internet has shared some of the most devastating before and after images of what's going on - and it makes for absolutely heartbreaking viewing.

Cobargo before.

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This village in New South Wales is a popular tourist destination.

Cobargo after.

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The fires have absolutely ravaged the main street of the village, rendering it almost unrecognizable.

Cobargo before.

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The town was adorable and quaint, with a population of under eight hundred people.

Cobargo after.

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It remains to be seen how (or even if) the village will ever recover from the devastation.

Mallacoota Wharf before.

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Mallacoota in Victoria is another small town badly impacted by the bushfires.

Mallacoota Wharf after.

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Many evacuees were forced to the harbor to escape the terrifying blaze.

Betka Road before.

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The main street in Mallacoota was surrounded by beautiful and lush vegetation.

Betka Road after.

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The images of the reddened sky in the area were some of the first of their kind to surface.

Genoa Bridge before.

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This historic bridge was built over the Victoria river between 1926 and 1928.

Genoa Bridge after.

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On New Year's Eve, the landmark was engulfed by flames and destroyed.

Bateman's Bay before.

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This southern NSW destination was popular with tourists - particularly its famous mini-golf course.

Bateman's Bay after.

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This horrifying image juxtaposes the carefree golf course with an eerily ominous sky.

Wandean Road before.

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This Shoalhaven street was pictured twice in the same day. Here we see preparations before the blaze hit.

Wandean Road after.

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The amount of devastation in under twenty-four hours is apparent - and super scary.

Corrigan Beach before.

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This stunning natural beauty was a peaceful retreat among more bustling tourist destinations.

Corrigan Beach after.

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There's something so frightening about this eery orange sky.

Araluen Motor Lodge before.

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This motel was a staple accommdation spot for tourists to the area.

Araluen Motor Lodge after.

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Again, the juxtaposition between the foreground and the sky is truly scary.

Merimbula before.

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Another popular beach destination, Merimbula is another Bateman's Bay area that has been devastated by the disaster.

Merimbula after.

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The fact the pollution is causing such a lack of light speaks to how severe things are.

Finder's Chase National Park before.

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This road cuts through the lush greenery this national park was famous for.

Finder's Chase National Park after.

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The bushfires have left this natural resource a desolate wasteland.

Finder's Chase National Park before.

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This southern Australian destination was a sanctuary for much of the nation's native wildlife.

Finder's Chase National Park after.

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The populations of animals like kangaroos and koalas have been absolutely decimated by the fires.

Kangaroo Island before.

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This area within the national park was an essential habitat for kangaroos.

Kangaroo Island after.

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The fires haven't just destroyed the lives of animals - plants and trees have been annihilated, too.

Southern Ocean Lodge before.

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This luxe resort was the premier location for tourists visiting Finder's Chase.

Southern Ocean Lodge after.

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Recent footage shows the fires have left the once-grand building totally derelict.

Mallacoota Bay before.

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The shot shows the true natural beauty of the area.

Mallacoota Bay after.

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This harrowing image shows an eleven-year-old girl steering a powerboat in the hopes of escaping the blaze.

Blue Mountains before.

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This scenic area west of Sydney is famous for rocky cliffs and eucalyptus forests.

Blue Mountains after.

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The smoke began encroaching on the stunning natural area.

Blue Mountains before.

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And what was once a peaceful and outstandingly naturally beautiful area ...

Blue Mountains after.

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Became engulfed in the flames - causing devastation to the greenery that once flourished there.

Australian coast before.

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It's no wonder the country was famous for its beautiful beach resorts.

Australian coast after.

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Now, it more closely resembles hell.

Southern Ocean Lodge before.

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An aerial shot shows the majesty and size of this tourist destination.

Southern Ocean Lodge after.

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The scorched landscape gives a feeling of hopelessness.

Sydney before.

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Sydney has been in close proximity to many of the worst bushfires.

Sydney after.

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This image really depicts the impacts of such high levels of smoke and soot pollution.

Kangaroos before.

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The official Australian Twitter account shared this image on January 1st.

Kangaroos after.

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Many were quick to point out thatĀ thisĀ image better depicts the reality in Australia right now.

New Zealand before.

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A super frightening aspect of the fires is the fact the pollution has reached so far away.

New Zealand after.

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The pollution is seen here, over one thousand five hundred kilometers away.

Satellite images before.

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In November, NASA images showed plenty of greenery on the south-eastern coast.

Satellite images after.

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Now the majority of the greenery has been destroyed, with the red dots showing active fires.

Satellite image before.

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In this image, we see Australia as we tend to think of it.

Satellite image now.

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In this image published this week, the true scope of the fires becomes terrifyingly apparent.

Skies before and after.

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In this viral image shared online, it shows how frighteningly quickly the fires can move.

And what's most scary?

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These bushfires don't seem to show any signs of slowing down or stopping. If you want to see more harrowing images of the devastation they've caused, keep scrolling for the fifty most powerful photos of the disaster.