The Victorian prime minister begged people to stop donating food and clothing to bushfire victims, but urged them to send cash instead.
Daniel Andrews pleaded as he discussed the state’s bushfire crisis on Sunday.
“I don’t want to look rough in any way, but we no longer need clothing, food, trucks on our roads, we don’t have the storage capacity, the people, or the time to penetrate,” Mr. Andrews said.
“I know it all comes from a place of kindness and I thank everyone who made those donations, but we are coming to a point where we don’t have the space or the people or the need.”
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews talked about the relaxation of the forest fires in Victoria on Sunday when he asked people to stop donating food and clothing
The state of emergency has been declared for the following week in Victoria. Pictured: Flames are burning between Orbost and Cann River
He said the best way to help people affected by the fire is to donate money to the appeal announced by Bendigo Bank.
“That way, money can be given to the families and they can make decisions that are much more flexible and local as you wish, rather than having to set up warehouses and handle a lot of truckloads of clothing and food and other things,” he said .
Bendigo Bank set up a community call to help bushfire victims, of which Andrews said it would be turned into a fund where 100 percent would be used for immediate and immediate assistance.
Andrews said the Victorian government would donate $ 2 million, similar to what was donated after the Black Saturday fires in 2009.
Victoria remains in a state of emergency the following week after evacuation orders have been made for Dandongadale, Freeburgh, Wandiligong and the surrounding areas of northeastern Victoria during the night.
The charity organization Bak 2 Basics has filled thousands of bags with supplies for firefighters in the last two days
Dozens of fires were burning in Victoria when dawn broke out on Sunday, 11 of which were subject to an emergency warning, the highest alarm level.
Currently, three fires have an alarm level for emergency warnings.
Six people remain missing in East Gippsland, in addition to two confirmed dead.
More than 900,000 hectares of land have been flooded with flames, with around 110 properties and 220 outbuildings destroyed so far.
Temperatures rose to the early and mid 40s in parts of Eastern Gippsland and northeastern Victoria on Saturday, with total fire bans for a swag of weather districts.
Dozens of fires were burning in Victoria when dawn broke on Sunday, 11 of which were subjected to an emergency warning, the highest warning level
Currently, three fires have an alarm level for emergency warnings. Six people remain missing in East Gippsland, in addition to two confirmed dead
More than 70 new fires were lit on Saturdays in the 24 hours to 18 hours.
For some parts of the state, rain is expected on Sunday evening.
Light fog fell on Sunday in some centers, including Bairnsdale, on the western edge of the East Gippsland fire ground.
But senior predictor Bureau of Meteorology Keris Arndt warned that the showers are a “double-edged sword.”
But while rain can help dampen fire, it can also be a “two-edged” sword for crews by making some areas more difficult to access
When rain mixes with ash on the ground, firefighters will find it more difficult to navigate the terrain.
“The conditions are much cooler, the humidity is much higher than we have seen in recent days and the wind is also decreasing considerably, especially due to Gippsland today,” Arndt told AAP on Sunday.
“Hopefully that will give the fire department a little chance to try the fires and gain more control there.”
THE BUSHFIRE CRISIS OF AUSTRALIA – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The evacuations are on their way and there are emergency warnings in NSW, Victoria and South Australia, as the authorities predict that the devastating forest fires will continue to burn until at least March.
NEW SOUTH WALES / ACT
- At least 150 forest fires burned in NSW on Sunday
- 19 people dead
- 3.6 million hectares burned, larger than the size of Belgium
- At least 1,365 houses confirmed destroyed
- Two people dead, four missing
- About 50 forest fires burn
- More than 784,000 hectares burned
- 330 structures confirmed destroyed but expected considerably more
- Three people, including two from Kangaroo Island, are dead
- 17 forest fires burn, four of significance
- More than 100,000 hectares burned
- 88 houses confirmed destroyed
- Approximately 600 properties on Kangaroo Island remain without power with SA Power Networks that warn that it may take some time for crews to access the fire department to assess damage
- 33 forest fires burn
- 250,000 hectares burned
- 45 houses confirmed destroyed
- More than 35 forest fires burn, two of significance
- 1.5 million hectares burned
- A house confirmed destroyed
- 23 forest fires burn, two of significance
- 30,000 hectares burned
- Destroyed two houses confirmed
- Five fires burn
- Destroyed five houses confirmed