Australia is facing some of the most devastating fires the country has ever seen. People are relocating in numbers never seen before. Ten people have died since Christmas Day. A fire tornado flipped a fire truck. The chassis of another truck was melted. Children and families are hiding out on lakes. More than 4 million hectares of land and 900+ homes have been destroyed. Koalas and other animals are screaming in pain from burns.
And now magpies are imitating the sounds of fire engine sirens.
Meanwhile, Australia’s political leadership are taking holidays, ignoring expert advice, and generally doing nothing of any use. It’s a failure of leadership at the worst possible time and there are few signs things will get better any time soon.