Australian Prime Minister (PM) Scott Morrison has postponed his upcoming trip to India amidst the bushfires that have been affecting the country since November last year. As per reports from ANI PM Modi had a telephone conversation with the PM of Morrison yesterday.
During the conversation, PM Modi expressed his condolences on the damage caused by the fires and heavy losses that the country has been facing. The Indian PM also offered India’s support to Australia and its people who are affected by prolonged bushfires.
The Aussie PM was due to visit India from January 13th to 16th on the invitation of PM Modi. He was also expected to deliver the inaugural address at the Raisina Dialogue 2020. His visit to India would now take place some later in the year.
Bushfire is a series of forest fires that erupted in Australia’s New South Wales in November 2019 and have since then burned an area approximately equal to 15 million acres. 1,000 houses have been destroyed, and hundreds have been damaged as a result of this.
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The smoke from the fire is adding to the pollution problem, that has even reached the neighboring country of New Zealand. On January 1st, Australia’s capital recorded the worst pollution it’s ever seen, with an air quality index 23 times higher than what’s considered “hazardous.”