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Victoria's Bushfire 
9th-Feb-2009 01:04 pm
If you haven't already heard, the death toll from the Victorian bushfire is at 108 so far.

As the news camera crews pan from scene to scene of devastation, I almost wept in horror, especially as people drove past ruined cars abandoned along the roads with nothing but the barest metal that could withstand the heat. All I could think was whether that vehicle might've had people in them, trying to escape but never making it. And these are towns, which looked no different from the ones we have up here: Tambourine, O'Reilley's, Mt Glorious... it could've happened here, if we hadn't had all the rain we've gotten*.

And it's not just people. Even animals, such as cattle went up in fire.

To think all this might have been caused by arsonists. Finding the cause of the fires will be a real challenge for the new taskforce.

The survivors will have to rebuild their lives and homes from nothing. Trips to the bank will be a nightmare without the required identification documentations. That's only the beginning.

While the AUD$1000 to bushfire victims Federal government is preparing to dish out will be nothing in the face of the damages and loss of life, it is heartwarming to know that at least here in Australia, the government and its people don't just talk about helping. They actually get things done. Can the same be said of Singapore if there was a national disaster?

The Red Cross has put up Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009.

* - Queensland has gotten far too much rain, especially up north... but if you think being flooded is the worst, think again. Crocodiles might be in those flood waters. It's like something out of a B grade horror flick.
9th-Feb-2009 03:10 am (UTC)
I'm in Canada ... I heard on the news, though, and I started crying ... this is horrible. I'm trying to think of something we can do ... :(
11th-Feb-2009 11:39 am (UTC)
The death toll is now over 200. But the response from the country has been staggeringly overwhelming in generosity.
9th-Feb-2009 03:38 am (UTC)
They reckon they have up to 230 dead now :(

It's just horrible.
9th-Feb-2009 04:20 am (UTC)
The number is just going to keep climbing as people survey the wreckage left behind.
9th-Feb-2009 03:53 am (UTC)
Wow... thats the worst bushfire I've ever seen. O_O That's pretty scary!
11th-Feb-2009 11:42 am (UTC)
If you hear some of the personal stories on the news, it's even scarier.

A couple found their neighbour in their backyard with 50% burns to his body, so they floated him in their pool until ambulances could take him.

A family escaping the fires to a shelter had 2 cars following them. When they reached the shelter and looked back, the cars were gone.

Two sisters tried to get their horses to leave the stables, but they refused and the sisters died with their horses.
9th-Feb-2009 04:32 am (UTC)
*bleeep* If it is arsonists, I hope they will be caught and convicted. *nodnod*
11th-Feb-2009 11:43 am (UTC)
This is one of those situations where I believe capital punishment would be an appropriate response. Never has there been so many human casualties from bushfires here in Australia.
9th-Feb-2009 11:07 am (UTC)
What upsets me the most is the arsonists. How sick can these bastards be?
11th-Feb-2009 11:45 am (UTC)
They can be pretty sick. And some might be fire fighters as well.
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