Friday, February 13, 2009
A week after the worst bushfire in memory
It's a week since that terrible Saturday that scorched so much of Victoria's bushland, mainly about one to two hour's drive north of Melbourne - there were fires the week before in Gippsland and even now there are still fires burning in about twenty areas. The newspapers are full of stories of heroism, courage, resilience, compassion and terrible loss of life. The statistics - 181 people deceased and still counting, 1800 or more homes lost, and over 7000 people homeless at this stage. The generosity of the ordinary people has been outstanding as about $100 million dollars have been given already. The two photos are from today's Age newspaper and show the strength of the fire and the total devastation of the forests in one area.