Australian bush fires

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.


2 Responses

  1. Thank you Jennie.

    Give your loved ones a hug and tell them you love them. They can so easily be torn away from us.

  2. As the executive producer of an American video about suburban forest fires, fire safety and the environment, called “The Cannonball Express”, I am appalled by the destruction brought by the deadly bushfires down under. I am confident that the video, designed for people living in the suburban-wildlands interface zone, is versatile enough for an Australian version. I have already posted to the internet, several versions of the script, written for Counties and regions in Northern California and the Front Range towns of Colorado. Your comments and criticisms are welcome in the GuestBook.

    Steve “Hollywood” Kennedy

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