Australia Post has suspended mail services across Canberra and the rest of the Australian Capital Territory due to hazardous air quality.
According to local health authorities, the air quality peaked more than 20 times hazardous levels on New Year’s Day due to smoke and smog caused by bushfires, which have so far burned an estimated 15 million acres of land and destroyed more than 2,500 buildings across Australia.
Canberra’s air quality has been registered as the worst in the world for a major city.
“The safety of our people is our top priority, and with hazardous smoke conditions continuing across ACT we are suspending all postie and van deliveries until further notice,” Australia Post said in a statement.
“Safety is our main priority, and we are reaching out to our people and supporting them through this tough time.”
Deliveries in Victoria and Western Australia have also been affected, with 15 post offices closed.
Almost 50 people have so far been reported as either dead or missing as a result of the fires, and a state of emergency has been declared in New South Wales.
Canberrans have been urged to stay indoors.
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