Fires in Australia: Elton John pledges $ 1 million in relief as smoke reaches Argentina

Sir Elton John has promised $ 1 million in humanitarian aid to Australia, where fires have devastated a section of the country.

The singer made the announcement while on stage in Sydney, telling the audience that they should “be amazed at the job the firefighters are doing”.

He added: “This is a magnificent country that I have been visiting since 1971.

“I love it here so much. Seeing what is happening here breaks my heart and therefore we must meet and we must fight, and this is my point of view.


“I love Australia so much and for those who have lost their homes, God bless, I hope your lives are repaired very soon.”

It came when the smoke from the fires, which previously covered a wider area of ​​Europe, reached Argentina.

The animals have had their habitats destroyed “on a biblical scale,” Sir Elton told the Qudos Bank Arena audience.

He added, “So I’m going to commit a million dollars tonight to support the fire assistance fund.”

His announcement was met with great applause from the crowd.

Sir Elton did not say whether his donation was in Australian or U.S. dollars, which would have been worth £ 524,000 and £ 762,000 respectively.

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth also pledged the same amount to the relief fund, while Australian colleague Kylie Minogue promised $ 500,000 to help with the fire response.

Actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge revealed to the Golden Globes that she would auction the dress she wore for the awards ceremony and donate the proceeds for the fire response.

Singer Pink also donated $ 500,000 dollars to the cause, while pop star Rita Ora was among the famous faces who urged the public to donate.

The fires, which broke out for the first time in September, have so far caused 24 victims and destroyed more than 1,500 homes, devastating over four million hectares of land.

A mass killing of over 10,000 camels by professional helicopter shooters will begin Wednesday to prevent animals from drinking too much water in drought-stricken South Australia.

The order came from Aboriginal leaders in the lands of Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) where locals complained about the animals entering the communities and creating disorder while looking for any available water source, including taps and tanks.

Animals are also culled for concerns about greenhouse gas emissions, as they emit methane equivalent to one ton of carbon dioxide per year, national sheet The Australian reported.

Other wild animals have been severely affected by the fires, with some bats abandoning their young because they are unable to feed them, and images of burnt koalas and kangaroos attract sympathy from all over the world.

The smoke from the fires spread to the Pacific to South America, where the skies over central Chile turned gray and the sunset in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires turned red, according to the United Nations World Meteorological Organization.

Additional Press Association reports

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