Australia bushfires: Before-and-after photos show extent of devastation
Kangaroo Island was badly hit in the season. Photo: AAP Photo: AAP
As Australia continues to grapple with the enormity of the bushfire crisis gripping the nation from east to west, locals have begun the gruelling task of returning to their bushfire-devastated communities to survey the damage.
More than 10.3 million hectares have now been burned across the country during the crisis, ravaging hundreds of buildings and completely transforming previously pristine coastal and inland communities.
While milder conditions this week will enable some to sift through the rubble, photos depicting the aftermath of ferocious blazes have already highlighted how much work will be required to restore some towns to their former glory.
Kangaroo Island, SA
Smoke chokes south-east Australia
If you thought the smoke gripping major cities was intense, satellite imagery showed just how dense the smoke haze is from dozens of out-of-control blazes on the south-east tip of the mainland, choking coastal communities.
The far-east Victorian town, now home to one of the largest peacetime military evacuations in Australian history, bore the brunt of fierce fires over the New Year’s period, which forced thousands of locals to head for the shore to get out of harm’s way.