How the Indian Community Played Its Part in Helping Australian Bushfire Victims in 2020

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The devastating Australian bushfires took a heinous turn in the January 2020, engulfing the precious lives of firefighters as well as its citizens. Homes have gutted into rising flames of fire while on the other side of it volunteers from Sikh Indian community have worked relentlessly to overpower the flames and rehabilitate those who have been affected by the horrid bushfire. Some members of the Indian community are working relentlessly, leaving aside their personal interests and families. 

The Australian people had been voicing their strict call to safeguard themselves from massive natural disasters, which are in occurrence since September 2019. Reference to these is stated in media reports where half-a-billion of continent’s animals have lost their lives in this woeful and widely debilitating calamity. 

The Sikh Indian community has always been at the forefront of the service. The individuals from this community have come forward to rescue and help the victims on practical ground in notable way. The community’s strong belief is that the best form of service of humankind. This is a just work to provide support to the sufferers in whichever form it can be. Sikh volunteers in Australia have shown excellent example of help and service in the time of unfortunate widespread bushfire of Australia. An Indian restaurant, Desi Grill, in East Gippsland is supplying free food to firefighters and wildfire victims.

This fatal wildfire unfurls with wind and burning heat across the southeast of the country blazes the sky into orange color. Extreme fire in this region has changed it into hot red carpet.  The uncurbed fire has burnt acres of forest area and devastated millions of homes. 28 people have lost their lives. Global warming is the serious reason behind the widespread fire, and its fire impart short term reaction in the environment.  

According to the European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, the bushfire in Australia have extricated 400 megatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. When broader part of forest burns it returns carbon into the atmosphere which is stored in biomass. This stored carbon retained in the environment until the forests grow again. 

Primarily the bushfires were restricted in Australia’s southeast coast, in the states of New South Wales and Victoria. The southeast is the most severely affected, but fires have also hit every Australian state and territory this season.

There are various reasons behind the starting of wildfire this time, lightning is one of them. At some other places were affected by human actions including arson. But the climate conditions are basically responsible for the fires to grow and spread. Australia was already suffering from hottest and driest year on record. And the heat keeps rising during this summertime in southern hemisphere. Brisk winds provoke fire risks across the Australia and spread blazes. 

The Red Cross reports that the magnitude and size of wildfire in some areas create their own weather systems where pyrocumulonimbus clouds generate which trap heat, generate strong wind and lightning strikes and one after other spark further fires.

High temperatures, dry weather, and wildfires are not unexpected at this time of year. But the seriousness and continued tenacity of these raging situations are disturbing and fit the pattern of climate changes. Global warming is threat that is inviting such events to increase and frequently happen across the globe.

Australia is also facing a drastic dry spell from last three continuous winters with very little rain. Less moisture is evaporating due to dry condition creating hindrance in the cooling effect in the atmosphere. The country’s geographic situation is also unfortunate along with a few short-term weather patterns. 

Sikh volunteers Australia provide their services to distribute the food at the place of its need to support the restaurant owners. They supply 500 takeaway containers of cooked rice, pasta, and curry. They have stock of rice, lentils, and flour for next seven or eight days. The restaurant is run by Kanwaljit Singh and his wife Kamaljit Kaur. This couple believe that serving the needy is their duty.

There is absolutely no doubt on the fact that destruction from the bushfires will leave Australians worried and depressed long after the fires, but the unselfish willingness of Indian Sikh community highlights a noble cause – serving the society in the times of need and distress.