Australia Wildfires: Millions of masks being distributed after air pollution


The fire, which started in September last year, has so far affected more than 14 million hectares. This is more than double the damage caused by the fire in Cuba's Amazon jungle last August. An Australian Ministry of Health statement said that 453 thousand face masks have been provided to those affected by the fire in Victoria. In a statement issued by Health Minister Greg Hunt, the masks will be distributed primarily to the people working on the front line for fire control and those affected by the fire.

The mask provided by the government is P-2 and N-95 mask, which has the ability to select very small substances contained in polluted air. The mask is said to assist in breathing air polluted with smoke generated by the combustion. Health Minister Hunt said the masks were provided as per the central government's policy of helping those affected by the devastation.

Similarly, in Canberra, the central government will distribute 100 thousands similar masks. For the past two weeks, it has been reported that the air in the Canberra has been highly polluted and will be distributed to the general public at high risk and on the front line for fire control. News media reported that the market was lacking in mask after air pollution including Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

Almost all of the state's air is polluted due to constant fire. Some areas in New Zealand have also been affected by Victoria's fire. Due to the air pollution of Canberra, important places in the area have been closed National Gallery, Museum, Australian National University, University of Canberra, and Qantas has canceled all its flights.

So far, only 23 people have died in New South Wales, and about 1 dozen have died in South Australia and Victoria.

So far seven are missing in Victoria. Fire is still burning in dozens of places. More than 3,000 troops have been deployed to control the fire.

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