The wildfires in the Australian state of New South Wales have destroyed more than two thousand buildings, of which more than 744 are homes, the local fire brigade announced on Saturday.
A total of 2,454 buildings were destroyed in the flames. In addition to 744 homes, 1,659 outbuildings such as barns have been lost, as have 51 other types of buildings.
The fire brigade also reports that more than a thousand buildings, including 288 homes, have been damaged. More than twelve thousand buildings have been saved from natural disasters.
The fire rages not only in New South Wales, but also in the neighboring states of Victoria and Queensland. More than 1 million hectares of nature have been lost. Four people died in the fire.
The fires, which have been raging in the country since August, have also caused a huge increase in CO2 emissions: nearly half more than is emitted by greenhouse gases in Australia each year, Guardian Australia says.
Since 1 August, the fires in the states of New South Wales and Queensland have together produced 250 million tonnes of CO2. In 2018, the total CO2 emissions in Australia from greenhouse gases were 532 million tons.