Scott Morrison calls for bushfire royal commission amid devastation

Video shows hundreds of animals died trying to flee Australia fires

Prime Minister Imran Khan has written a letter to his Australian counterpart, PM Scott Morrison, and expressed sorrow over the damages and deaths caused by calamitous bushfire in Australia, ARY News reported on Tuesday.

"These are the areas of climate-change action that I think need greater attention because they're the things that are practically affecting people's daily lives here in Australia, where we can do practical things that will make us more resilient and ensure that we're safer", he said.

"I've been in direct contact at senior levels of the U.S. administration", Mr Morrison said in response to a question from The Courier-Mail.

The review found that climate change had led to an increase in the frequency and severity of what scientists call "fire weather" - periods with a high fire risk due to some combination of hotter temperatures, low humidity, low rainfall and strong winds.

"In the years ahead we are going to continue to evolve our policy in this area to reduce emissions even further and we are going to do it without a carbon tax, without putting up electricity prices and without shutting down traditional industries", Morrison told the ABC. "I want to do that with a balanced policy which recognises Australia's broader national economic interests and social interest". It was surpassed by opposition Labor leader Anthony Albanese. "But it has to be done in consultation with states and territories".

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-The Australian government committed A$50 million to an emergency wildlife recovery program on Monday, calling the bushfires crisis engulfing the country "an ecological disaster" that threatens several species, including koalas and rock wallabies.

Across New South Wales, 111 fires were still burning on Sunday, 40 of them not yet contained, but none at emergency level. More than 2,100 houses have been destroyed. "Fingers crossed", the NSW Rural Fire Service said on Twitter.

A number of fires burning in the Snowy Mountains region in New South Wales and across into Victoria have merged across more than 600,000 hectares (1.5 million acres) of land. They do not pose a threat, authorities say, despite being in an area hard to reach.

Chris Hardman, chief fire officer at Forest Fire Management Victoria, said a firefighter from Parks Victoria was "involved in an incident while working on a fire in the Omeo area resulting in a fatality".

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