PM Imran Khan writes to Australian counterpart, expresses grief over bushfires
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan has written a letter to Australian counterpart Scott Morrison to express his grief over devastating bushfires in the country.
In the letter, the prime minister said that climate change is an important issue. “All countries will have to jointly counter this crisis,” he said.
He also extended help to control the bushfires.
Australia is experiencing one of its most severe fire seasons on record, with bushfires burning since September and claiming the lives of 28 people, destroying more than 2,500 homes and razing forests and farmland the size of Bulgaria.
Australia’s tourism industry accounts for more than 3% of the country’s A$1.95 trillion ($1.4 trillion) annual economic output. Americans are among the top visitors.
Victorian state capital Melbourne, Australia’s second-biggest city and a major tourist drawcard, was blanketed in hazardous smoke on Tuesday although cooler weather had eased the fire danger.
The city’s air quality dropped to the “worst in the world” overnight as cooler temperatures brought particles in the air close to the ground, a senior state health official said. Residents were advised to stay indoors, bring pets inside and keep windows closed.