Dutch raise €500,000 to aid Australia with wildfires

Smoke haze from bushfires hangs over Sydney, Australia, 28 December 2019
Smoke haze from bushfires hangs over Sydney, Australia, 28 December 2019DariaNiDepositPhotosDeposit Photos

People in the Netherlands have donated over 500 thousand euros to the Dutch branch of the Word Wide Fund for Nature for emergency assistance to Australia, which is currently facing the most devastating fires in human history.

According to the WWF, thus far 8.4 million hectares have been destroyed by fire in Australia. That is twice the area of the entire Netherlands. 23 people and an estimated 480 million mammals, birds and reptiles have died in the flames. 

"Kangaroos, koalas and wallabies are losing their homes and have nowhere else to go. Brave firefighters make every effort to stop the fires. But when the fires are extinguished, what has been destroyed must also be restored," WWF Nederland said on its website.

Donations made to WWF Nederland for Australia will go towards planting the first 10 thousand trees in critical habitat for koalas, emergency aid and medicines for injured animals, and protecting existing forests and the animals that live there.

Donations can be made here

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