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From Moruya to Mallacoota: The pain bushfires leave behind

It’s hard to do justice to the scale of devastation amid this summer’s national bushfire crisis.

Twenty-eight people have died, about 6000 buildings have been destroyed, more than 10 million hectares of land has been burnt and conservative estimates suggest more than a billion animals have perished. The Bureau of meteorology said 2019 was the hottest and driest year ever recorded.

This week on Please Explain, Tory Maguire speaks with the Herald‘s environment editor Peter Hannam, in part three of our summer series on climate change and weather, about his experience in Moruya and Batemans Bay last week when he witnessed first-hand the anxiety and challenges of one of the biggest evacuation efforts Australia has ever seen.

The sky turns red in Mallacoota on January 3.

The sky turns red in Mallacoota on January 3.Credit:Justin McManus

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