NZDF helps to feed homeless koalas amid 'quite overwhelming' Australia bushfire destruction

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The NZDF now has 116 personnel deployed to Australia including New Zealand Army engineers, environmental health and primary health teams, as well as Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopters, C-130 Hercules and crew who are supporting the Australian Defence Force efforts on the bushfires. He acknowledged during a television interview on Sunday that he had made some mistakes.

Asked whether it should be a Royal Commission, a powerful judicial inquiry, Morrison said: "I think that is what would be necessary and I will be taking a proposal through the cabinet to that end, but it must be done with consultations with the states and territories".

A burnt vehicle is seen among the charred trees in Lithgow, in New South Wales.

The money will go to threatened species, including koalas, and will also be used to restore damaged animal habitats.

"If this BOM (Bureau of Metereology) rain forecast comes to fruition, then it will be all of our Christmas, birthday, engagement, anniversary, wedding and graduation gifts, all in one. Fingers crossed", the NSW Rural Fire Service said on Twitter.

Authorities confirmed on Monday that 11.2 million hectares (27.7 million acres) of land had been razed in fires that have been burning for months, whipped by erratic winds and temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).

Facing increasing pressure to do more to tackle climate change, Morrison, who has so far been defiant in rejecting any links between his government's conservative climate policies and the bushfires, said his government will look into improving its performance on curbing emissions.

Meanwhile, the government has also committed a whopping $76 million towards mental health package to assist those affected by the bushfires.

Senator Birmingham said misinformation circling online and in some media exaggerated the geographic reach of the fires.

-Australia's wildfires have dwarfed other recent catastrophic blazes, with its burnt terrain more than twice the extent of that ravaged by 2019 fires in Brazil, California and Indonesia combined.

Ecologists at the University of Sydney have estimated one billion animals have been killed or injured in the bushfires, potentially destroying ecosystems. It forecasts a hit of 0.2 percent to 0.5 percent on gross domestic product.

-The fires have emitted 400 megatons of carbon dioxide and produced harmful pollutants, the European Union's Copernicus monitoring program said.

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