Malaysians are advised to avoid travelling to areas affected by the bush fires in Australia until conditions improve
Severe drought and strong winds have been fuelling the deadly blazes across many areas of Australia's east coast since September - and they show no signs of stopping
Aside from New South Wales, the state of Victoria (including Melbourne and Sydney), and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) have also been engulfed in smoke.
In December, a heatwave broke Australia's record for the highest average nationwide temperature at 40.9 degrees Celsius - beating its previous record of 40.3 degrees Celsius in 2013.
Since the start of the fires, at least 18 people have died nationwide, 17 people are missing, and 480 million animals have perished in the fires
In addition, 1,400 homes have been destroyed, according to Business Insider.
Authorities have been struggling to contain the massive blazes, as volunteers rush to save animals caught in the fires across the states.
Horrific images of injured and charred koalas have been circulating on social media since November.
Here's how you can help the bush fire crisis:
- The World Wildlife Fund is collecting donations to restore habitats for koalas impacted by the fires.
- You can donate to the Australian Red Cross' fire recovery and relief fund.
- You can also donate directly to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, the Country Fire Service Foundation in South Australia, and the County Fire Authority in Victoria.
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