Before and after: What bushfires have done
THESE are the shocking images that show the devastation caused by the Australian bushfire crisis that has caused more than $700 million worth of damage since September.
There have been 24 fatalities and more than 1600 homes lost this bushfire season, with the Insurance Council of Australia reporting 9000 insurance claims lodged.
The Australian Government has also processed 20,600 claims for assistance this bushfire season and delivered nearly $25 million in Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment and Disaster Recovery Allowance.
The crisis has so far claimed 24 lives, with 253 fires still burning, destroying more than 10 hectares of land.
Source: NASA Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) satellite data. MODIS active fire location represents the centre of a 1km pixel that is flagged by the algorithm as containing one or more fires within the pixel. When map is zoomed out, the size of the markers provide location only and may give a false impression of total area affected. Zoom in and pan for a more accurate view of areas where fires are active, or have been active since November 1. Isolated fire pixels may reflect fire detection not related to bushfires.
Photos have emerged from the devastated towns, showing stark contrasts of life before and after the tragedy.