Elton John pledges $1 million to Australian fire relief
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Elton John on Monday announced that he would donate $1 million to combat the deadly Australian bushfires that are damaging ecosystems and animal wildlife on a “biblical scale.”

The entertainer was in Sydney during a stop on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour and told the crowd that he was in “awe” of the hardworking firefighters combating the blazes raging across the eastern part of the country.

"There are people out there who have lost their lives trying to save homes. There are people who have lost their lives and their homes,” John said. "And last, is the plight of the animals and loss of their habitat that frankly, is on a biblical scale and heartbreaking.”


“Therefore, tonight I will be pledging $1 million,” he concluded as his fans burst out into applause.

Australian-born “Avengers” star Chris Hemsworth has also pledged $1 million to relief efforts. Australian-American actress Nicole Kidman and her husband, singer-songwriter Keith Urban, donated $500,000 to the Rural Fire Service, as has pop singer Pink-donates-half-a-million-dollars-to-australian-services">Pink.

At least 25 people have died in the massive fires, NPR reported this week. An estimated 480 million animals have been killed, including roughly 30 percent of the koala population in New South Wales.

And Australian officials plan to kill up to 10,000 camels in a five-day campaign to prevent the thirsty animals from causing chaos in local communities due to the drought.