I admit that this news story somewhat passed me by at first, but the severity and catastrophe of the situation was really brought home to me when I read my blog-friend Marita’s post on the matter. She doesn’t live too far away from the disaster-struck region. She has posted links to news video showing some of the fire-struck towns, as well as some Google Maps images, which are in stark contrast to the pictures from the news outlets.
According to ABC News, 173 people have been confirmed as dead so far, with the death toll expected to rise through the coming hours and days.
The complete loss of whole towns is just incomprehensible. Well, the whole situation is hard to imagine from our damp and chilly viewpoint in the UK; it certainly puts into perspective our relatively minor gripes about our current ‘extreme weather’ conditions.
My thoughts and prayers go out to those who are suffering as a result of these terrible fires.