[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Church of Australia is responding to the bushfire crisis with words and actions as it seeks to bring relief to the country. At least 25 people have died since September due to the fires and more than 63,000 square kilometers of bush, forest and parks have been burned.
Almost 2,000 homes have been destroyed and countless animals killed. The fires have been worsened by 40-degree Celsius temperatures and strong winds, creating difficult conditions for firefighters. Analysts predict the crisis could cost the Australian economy $20 billion AUD (approximately £10.5 billion GBP) in lost output.
The Melbourne Anglican Foundation Trust opened a bushfire emergency relief fund on Jan. 7 as a practical way for communities to respond to the disaster that has spread across Australia over the past few months.