Apple CEO Tim Cook in a tweet Thursday extended sympathy to Australians affected by the more than 100 fires that mark the landscape in New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.
“Our hearts are with those affected by the Australian bush fires and with the brave volunteers who are fighting unprecedented fires across the country – please stay safe,” Cook said in a tweet. “Apple will date to support the rescue efforts.”
Cook has not specified how Apple will ctribute, although the company has in the past dated funds to local nprofits and emergency services in similar situatis.
Australian fire agencies are fighting a series of multi-state fires, a collective cflagrati csidered to be e of the worst ever. The fires, triggered by extreme seasal weather cditis, destroyed cities, millis of acres of land and claimed the lives of at least nine people.
Bush fires in Australia are wreaking havoc local wildlife, with recent reports estimating the decimati of some 30% of the New South Wales koala populati.
The country declared a natial emergency last week. United States federal and state firefighters have been dispatched to Australia to help put out the wildfires this week.
Apple generally respds to disasters and natural disasters with financial assistance. In 2018, the company made $ 1 milli in ctributis to the victims of the Kerala floods in India, relief efforts following the earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, Indesia, and Red Cross post-fire activities. California forest and Hurricane Florence. Apple made e last dati to a rescue effort during the California fire this year in October.