Before And After Photos Show The Devastating Extent Of The Australian Bushfires

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in News, World
Published 08.01.20

Kangaroo Island is just one part of Australia that has seen the devastating effects of the bushfires and while many places have been hit, before and after pictures of the island show just how cruel they have been.

The bushfires have been raging since November, leaving untold destruction in their wake, making the Californian wildfires of recent news pale into insignificance.

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Thus far, estimates state that over one billion animals have died as a result, while the human death toll is in the twenties. Far in excess of 2000 homes have been lost to the fires and the number of koalas in the wild has taken a huge hit.

Chris Dickman, an ecologist at the University of Sydney told The Huffington Post:

The original figure ― the 480 million ― was based on mammals, birds and reptiles for which we do have densities, and that figure now is a little bit out of date. It’s over 800 million given the extent of the fires now ― in New South Wales alone.

If 800 million sounds a lot, it’s not all the animals in the firing line.

Efforts to salvage what wildlife and habitats can be saved are underway by charities who have received funding from the public, celebrities, and people selling nudes alike, all in a bid to do the job the government seemingly won’t.

Nearly 200 people have now been arrested for starting bushfires, either deliberately or otherwise, and the laws regarding fires – starting them or even disposing of cigarettes improperly – have been intensified to inhibit any more fires from spreading.

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While this is by no means too little too late and the wildlife in Australia can recover, survive and thrive once the fires are subdued, the current state of things is pretty heartbreaking, with photos of Kangaroo Island showcasing the damage.

Over 160,000 hectares of the island were destroyed by the bushfires with the famously rich and dense biodiversity facing the brunt of it, and the previously beautiful and vivid landscape now resembles that of a dystopian hell-scape, devoid of time and burnt to ashes.

kangaroo island before and after

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kangaroo island

Meanwhile, across the whole country, the damage is equally terrifying…

Genoa Bridge after.
Genoa Bridge in Victoria

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Southern Ocean Lodge

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Blue Mountains

Australian coast

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These pictures were taken in the same day…

Let’s hope that things cool dawn as soon as possible.

Images via Twitter, Instagram, Getty

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