200 volunteers send from UAE to help fight Australian bushfires.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 19: Fire and Rescue personal run to move their truck as a bushfire burns next to a major road and homes on the outskirts of the town of Bilpin on December 19, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has declared a state of emergency for the next seven days with ongoing dangerous fire conditions and almost 100 bushfires burning across the state. It's the second state of emergency declared in NSW since the start of the bushfire season. (Photo by David Gray/Getty Images)

Sheikh Mohamed discussed the severity of the crisis with the Australian PM.

The UAE will send 200 volunteers to Australia to provide relief and support to the people affected by the ongoing bushfires, which has killed more than 25 people, millions of animals and destroyed thousands of homes, UAE Red Crescent said on Wednesday.

“The UAE Red Crescent will be sending the volunteers,” Mohammed Al Zarouni, the General Manager of the Dubai.

“We are sending volunteers there – 200 volunteers. We are providing relief and instructing how to deal with the fire and smoke. The smoke is more dangerous than the fire. We have a very good team,” he said.

His comments came a day after His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, offered to help Australia tackle its months-long bushfire crisis.

Sheikh Mohamed discussed the severity of the crisis with the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

He said the country was ready to offer expertise, equipment, manpower and other forms of support to fight the fires.

The fires, which have been blazing since September, have killed 26 people, destroyed 2,000 homes and scorched an area twice the size of the US state of Maryland. They have been fueled by drought and the country’s hottest and driest year on record.