Since the Earth on the Edge series began, the extremes of drought, heat and wind have destroyed mile after square mile of Australian bush. Debi Edward reports while visiting the severe drought hit areas.
When I came to Australia at the end October to report on drought people were concerned about the bushfire season.
The fires started early last year and they usually don’t take hold until the summer season – December or January – but they had started in Winter.
What we’ve seen in recent weeks has gone beyond even their worst fears.
Millions of acres of land have been ravaged by fires, thousands of homes have been destroyed, 28 lives have been lost and some are estimating more than one billion animals have perished.
They are air dropping sweet potatoes and carrots onto national park land on Monday night where they believe some animals have survived the fires but will have nothing left to eat.
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