[PHOTOS] Malaysians Advised To Avoid Travelling To Australia During Deadly Bush Fires

A seven-day state of emergency has been declared in New South Wales effective today, 3 January.

Cover image via Twitter @ChloeMorello & Allison Marion/Metro

Malaysians are advised to avoid travelling to areas affected by the bush fires in Australia until conditions improve

A seven-day state of emergency has been declared by the authorities of New South Wales effective today, 3 January, Bernama reported.

Shocking images of blood-red skies show the extent of the current bush fire crisis.

People at Mallacoota, Australia.

Image via Twitter @bluesfestblues/RNZ

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.

The sky turned red in Mallacoota, Victoria, Australia as a result of the bush fires on 31 December, 2019.

Image via Reuters/The Epoch Times

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.

Severely burnt bushtail possum.

Image via Jill Gralow/Reuters

Kangaroo suffers with burnt feet pads after being rescued from the fires.

Image via Jill Gralow/Reuters
Image via Reuters/Metro

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.

In November, a woman rushed to rescue an injured koala from the fires:

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