Australian truck drivers deliver hay, food, clothes and toiletries to bushfire victims

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Truck drivers form an ‘army of angels’ and deliver much-needed hay for animals, food, clothes and toiletries to desperate bushfire victims

  • Truck drivers are delivering hay, food, clothes and toiletries to fire-hit towns 
  • About 150 trucks in one convoy and 20 in another spent Sunday doing drop-offs
  • The towns have been cut off from essential supplies for upwards of five days
  • The convoy have been dubbed ‘an army of angels’ for helping in times of need 

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Truck drivers from across Australia have created a convoy and are driving through bushfire ravaged communities providing essential supplies to people in need.

Hay, food, clothing and toiletries are being driven to Buchan, Omeo and other desperate communities in regional Victoria where supplies are dwindling.

The towns have been cut off from essential supplies for upwards of five days due to the fires, which have decimated much of the surrounding land.

Malcolm Leys, from East Gippsland Livestock Exchange, organised the trip and gathered more than 150 truck drivers to help him ferry supplies to the townspeople.

Truck drivers from across Australia have created a convoy and are driving through bushfire ravaged communities providing essential supplies to people in need

Australian truck drivers deliver hay, food, clothes and toiletries to bushfire victims

Firefighters working to get a blaze under control in Mallacoota, Victoria, on January 2nd 

‘We’re taking everything from dog food, cat food, sheep feed, hay, toothbrushes, you name it,’ Mr Leys told ABC.

The group have been dubbed ‘an army of angels’ after beginning their trip north. 

A separate group of 22 trucks are also heading to farmers in East Gippsland to deliver hay from Ballarat.

Laiken and Karl Britt, cattle farmers from Dunnstown, made a public call out just days ago asking for donations of hay and drivers to help fire-ravaged communities. 

Australian truck drivers deliver hay, food, clothes and toiletries to bushfire victims

Another 22 trucks are also heading to farmers in East Gippsland to deliver hay from Ballarat

Ms Britt said the response was overwhelming.  

‘If we expected that kind of response I reckon we would have planned it a couple of weeks away, not two days away,’ she said.

‘But it’s all worth it, we’re driving up into the bushes now in Omeo and there’s people on the side of the road smiling and waving.’ 

The unprecedented bushfires have crossed containment lines and are currently burning along much of the east coast.

Australian truck drivers deliver hay, food, clothes and toiletries to bushfire victims

This picture taken on December 31, 2019 shows a firefighter hosing down trees and flying embers in an effort to secure nearby houses from bushfires near the town of Nowra on the NSW south coast 

So far, 24 people have died since the bushfires began and at least 1,500 homes have been destroyed.

Both numbers are predicted to rise.

The blazes have also torn through more than four million hectares of land.  

There is no end in sight, either, with experts predicting the fires will continue to burn for at least the next eight weeks.

As of Sunday, there were 150 bushfires in NSW and 53 fires burning in Victoria. 

AUSTRALIA’S BUSHFIRE CRISIS – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Evacuations are underway and emergency alerts are in place in NSW, Victoria and South Australia as high temperatures and dangerous winds forecast for Saturday are expected to create disastrous fire conditions. 

NEW SOUTH WALES/ACT

  • At least 150 bushfires were burning in NSW on Sunday
  • 19 people dead 
  • 3.6 million hectares burned, greater than the size of Belgium 
  • At least 1,365 homes confirmed destroyed 

VICTORIA  

  • Two people dead, six missing
  • About 50 bushfires burning
  • More than 784,000 hectares burned
  • 330 structures confirmed destroyed but significantly more expected 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

  • Three people, including two from Kangaroo Island, are dead
  • 17 bushfires burning, four of significance
  • More than 100,000 hectares burned
  • 88 homes confirmed destroyed  
  • About 600 properties on Kangaroo Island remain without power with SA Power Networks warning it may be some time before crews can access the fire ground to assess damage 

QUEENSLAND

  • 33 bushfires burning
  • 250,000 hectares burned
  • 45 homes confirmed destroyed

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

  • More than 35 bushfires burning, two of significance
  • 1.5 million hectares burned
  • One home confirmed destroyed

TASMANIA

  • 23 bushfires burning, two of significance
  • 30,000 hectares burned
  • Two homes confirmed destroyed

NORTHERN TERRITORY

  • Five bushfires burning
  • Five homes confirmed destroyed

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