Two Japanese air force planes have arrived at an air base in Sydney’s suburbs to help Australian efforts to combat unprecedented deadly forest fires spread across the country.
The two C-130 aircraft are carrying 70 Japanese Self-Defense Forces personnel, as they arrived at the Richmond Base, 60 km northwest of Sydney, to join the Self-Defense Forces elements already in Australia.
Although details of how the Japanese Self-Defense Forces are providing assistance to the Australian military efforts have not been identified, it is expected to be deployed in the states of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
Colonel Masashi Ota, who leads the Japanese mission, told reporters after the arrival that he was glad to be able to return the favor to Australia, which had assisted Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011.
He added that the Australian Air Force sent large numbers of aircraft to help Japan after the disaster and that the Japanese people would not forget what Australia had done at that time
In the same context, Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, announced his donation of one million Australian dollars, or about 690,000 US dollars, to help Australia recover from the devastating fires.
The company said on its website: “Our hearts are with all Australians, country communities, rough terrain and wildlife affected by devastating forest fires, but by using unique Amazon logistics services and innovative technologies, along with cash donations to support organizations in the frontline of the relief effort, Amazon is contributing $ 1 million Australian dollars in national efforts to provide relief to communities affected by this natural disaster. “
According to Britain’s Business Insider, more than 25 million acres of Australian land have been destroyed by fires, and have killed nearly a billion animals since they began, according to some estimates. Moreover, 27 people have died in fires throughout the Australian countryside.
The fires started due to exceptionally hot and dry conditions, as Australia experienced the most severe drought in 2019, and December 18 was the hottest day in Australian history, with average temperatures across the country exceeding 105 degrees Fahrenheit.