On january 6th australian wildfires continued to rage. Heavy smoke from the blaze caused a sharp drop in air quality in the Australian capital Canberra and forced the Canberra office of the Australian Emergency Management Agency to close.
The Australian government's emergency response agency for disaster and emergency situations was forced to shut down its office in Canberra on Monday (6) after heavy smoke filled the nation's capital, with an air quality index of more than 340, CNN reported.
Australia's Home Office says non-essential staff currently need to stay away from the Canberra office headquarters and Health says all staff should stop working immediately.
YW CACanberra, which runs a number of childcare centres, said that, like many Canberra-based organisations, they opted to close child services in Canberra and New South Wales because of their extremely poor air quality. The head said it was to ensure the health of the agency's staff and children.
The NSW Fire Service said there were 136 fires in the state on Monday (6) alone,69 of which were not under control. The Australian National Fire Service said there were 31 fires in Victoria covering more than 1.1 million hectares. In some parts of Australia, the cooling and rain have been a relief to firefighters. NSW Country Fire Chief Cheyenne? Shane Fitzsimmons, chief executive, said rain would not put out the fires, but would at least limit their spread.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the crisis was not over and that for some regions the time of frequent fires could be late January and February. In addition, Mr Morrison said the government would attach great importance to the natural disaster. The Australian Ministry of Defence is increasing its support and has brought together 3,000 reservists and other professionals to participate in the disaster.
Morrison announced on Monday (6) that he would set up a 2 billion Australian dollar (9.7 billion yuan) National Forest Fire Recovery Agency to help people affected by the blaze get the support they need. \"It's a long road, and we'll be with the affected people at every step of rebuilding their homes. (Overseas Internet\/Zhang Min Internship Compiler\/Han Jiatong)