Baptist Union Provides Relief to Australian Fire Victims

The sky glows red as bushfires continue to rage in Mallacoota, Victoria, Australia, December 31, 2019, in this photo obtained from social media. Jonty Smith from Melbourne/via REUTERS

TOMERONG, Australia (BP) — Devastating fires rage across Australia and currently show no signs of stopping.

In an intensified hot and dry season, the country is experiencing its worst fires in years.

The fires have been ablaze in every state, but New South Wales has been hit the hardest, CNN reported.

Because of the high amounts of smoke, air pollution has been estimated to be 11 times greater than the hazardous level, CNN said.

The fires are primarily from natural causes, though there is suspicion that some were set deliberately. In a police statement from New South Wales Jan. 6, officials said 24 people have been charged with deliberately lighting bushfires, 53 people have allegedly failed to comply with a total fire ban and 47 people have allegedly discarded a lighted cigarette or match on land.

At least 24 people have died as a result of the fires, CNN reported.

Australian Baptist Ministries released a report detailing their efforts to aid to those affected.

More than 10-million hectares, a metric unit equal to about 2.5 acres, have burned, ABM said.

Their efforts include coordinated calls to prayer, giving through state Baptist associations and events coordinated by a Baptist ministry called Common Grace.

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Source: Baptist Press