Sunday, February 08, 2009

Dispair





My heart is breaking tonight for those affected by the fires sweeping across our state, the worst in our nation's history. I can't even begin to imagine the terror and loss experienced by so many, and I am in awe of the courage and commitment of the fire-fighters and other emergency services workers. News bulletins are reporting 84 confirmed deaths this evening, with the death toll expected to rise considerably in the next few days. Bodies are being found in burnt-out cars and buildings, countless beautiful, historic towns and forested areas have been reduced to ashes, and the devastation of wildlife is almost inconceivable.










Yesterday the temperature reached 47°C (that's 117°F!) here in Melbourne, with a raging north wind that felt like a blast furnace; these gale-force winds exacerbated terrible fire conditions throughout the state. As more devastating reports emerge from previously beautiful, vibrant rural communities, my heart just sinks and I'm fighting back tears....









(images from the BBC, New York Times, ABC and The Age)

3 comments:

Serena said...

Juddie, a nice post for an awful subject (and an awful day)... you've just summed it up perfectly.
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I was a little worried when I heard the fires had been near Pakenham (where my sister and brother in law live) and Bendigo (where my parents live)... but luckily they are all OK.

Sarah said...

Juddie, I still can't believe this terrible thing that's happened. I don't really know anyone living in Victoria (except for some of my blogfriends, whom I hope are all OK) but I've had a bit of an idea regarding the people who've been affected. Please take a look at my blog and let me know what you think.

Tinniegirl said...

It's just shocking. Completely overwhelming.

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