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MOL pledges support for those affected by bushfires in Australia

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that the company has pledged to contribute $ 10,000 in cash to aid the victims of wildfires, which have raged in Australia since September 2019, and support reconstruction of the disaster-stricken areas. The MOL Group has also begun to solicit donations from group members to fund relief efforts.

The MOL Group hopes that everyone who suffered during this disaster will be able to return to normal life as soon as possible, it said in a release. 

Australia is being ravaged by the worst wildfires seen in decades, with large swaths of the country devastated since the fire season began in late July.

At least 28 people have died nationwide, and in the state of New South Wales (NSW) alone, more than 3,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged. State and federal authorities are struggling to contain the massive blazes, even with firefighting assistance from other countries, including the United States.

All this has been exacerbated by persistent heat and drought, and many point to climate change as a factor making natural disasters go from bad to worse.

A total of 28 people across Australia have died this fire season, including several volunteer firefighters

Veterinarian Dr. Ludo Valenza holds two Grey-headed Flying Foxes which are being treated for bushfire injuries at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital in Beerwah, Queensland, Australia, on Wednesday, January 15 (CNN) 

About half a billion animals have been affected by the fires across New South Wales, with millions likely dead -- and that's a conservative estimate. That number of total animals affected could be as high as one billion nationwide, according to ecologists from the University of Sydney.

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