Satellite photos taken by Nasa show Australia recovering from drought and bushfires

Luke O'Reilly
The contrast shows May 2018 on the left, and June 2020 on the right: NASA

Satellite photos from NASA show southeastern Australia's recovery from bushfires and drought.

The before and after images, from May 2018 and June 2020, show the barren landscape turning green in southeastern Australia in June 2020 (right) compared to May 2018 (left).

The images were taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.

Australia fought an unprecedented bushfire season, both in terms of its scale and the damage caused, fuelled by record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought.

Firefighters battled the raging flames for seven months (AFP via Getty Images)

More than 30 people died and thousands of animals perished as more than 10 million acres of land burned.

However, record-breaking rainfall has helped to heal the hard-hit provinces of New South Wales and Victoria.

From January 2017 through October 2019, New South Wales experienced its lowest amount of rainfall in nearly a century.

After more than 34 consecutive months of dry conditions, steady and occasionally heavy rain finally arrived in New South Wales.

Firefighters fought intense blazes in New South Wales that continued to rage throughout January 2020 (Reuters)

The Nasa Observatory said: "From January to May 2020, southeastern Australia received above-average rainfall and even broke records in Victoria.

"Victoria also experienced record-breaking rain at the beginning of 2020.

"From January to April, Melbourne received around 400 millimetres (16 inches) of rain—nearly eight times more rainfall than last year during this time period.

"The wet start to 2020 has alleviated short-term water deficiencies in eastern Australia and helped provide a better start to the winter farming season.

"However, the rainfall has not yet compensated for the effects of the long-term drought, which is still evident in the Murray-Darling Basin."