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D. Dye-vitch36
February 9th, 2009, 12:40 PM
URGENT MESSAGE PLEASE RESPOND AND FORWARD ACCORDINGLY....

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our worst ever natural disaster...
what do you get when you mix a week of extreme summer temperatures followed by a day of 47 c (117 f), winds of 100km an hour (62 mph) and a State tinder dry from 12 years of drought? You get a State ready to explode. And on Saturday, thatís just what happened here in Victoria.

And I tell you, it was scary.

The biggest fire started not very far away from us in Kilmore East. If the wind had of been blowing in the opposite direction, we might well have been one of the statistics. It wasnít, and we were lucky. We stood on our front veranda instead and watched the columns of thick smoke, saw the speed at which it moved, watched the water bombers moving between the local dams and the fires, and heard all the sirens. And we hoped like hell that the fires stayed away from the many pretty little towns that were scattered in and around those hills.

It didnít.

Instead, it destroyed thousands and thousands of hectares, has entirely wiped out two towns, partially destroyed many others, burned too many homes down and snatched so many lives. Itís just devastating. I canít watch the news without crying. The official death toll is 126, but thereís so many places they canít get into because itís just too dangerous and theyíre saying the number will be much higher by the time all this is over. Thereís over 750 homes destroyed and, Victoria wide, thereís over 330 000 hectares burned so far. Thatís over 815 447 acres, or two and a bit times the size of England.The worst of it is, thereís still 31 fires raging, including the one that started near us, and the wind has again picked up. At least ten towns are currently on high alert.

And the worst of it is, they reckon a good percentage of these fires were deliberately lit. Iíve never believed in the death penalty, but if they ever catch the bastards who did this, they donít deserve jail. They deserve death. As our prime minister said, theyíre mass murderers, not arsonists.

I know times are tough and money is tight, but if you have any spare change laying about, then please consider donating to the Australian Red Cross Bushfire appealhttp://i.ixnp.com/images/v3.67/t.gif (http://www.redcross.org.au/vic/services_emergencyservices_victorian-bushfires-appeal-2009.htm). So many people have had their lives affected by, or destroyed by, these fires, and the best way we can help right now is by donating money to the people on the ground helping them cope. And all money donated goes directly to the people in needĖRed Cross arenít taking a cent.

hollie
February 9th, 2009, 02:11 PM
OMG that is horrible i live in England and i can't imagine an area twice the size of my home country being destroyed. I am keeping everyone in the area in my prayers and i hope Keri and her family stay safe

CharmedGirl
February 9th, 2009, 03:28 PM
I have some relatives in Melbourne and they said they couldn't see the next door neighbours house a couple of days ago. They said the sky was pitch black.

The death toll is now up to 230 and it's just going to get worse. I was going to put something up about the bushfires but someone beat me to it.

querida
February 10th, 2009, 08:18 PM
I've been watching the news (a rarity for me, as I'm usually so depressed by it all that I abscond when possible!) Anyway, I wondered about Keri and various Coffee Time posters who live in Australia. I feel for you all, especially those directly affected (or in danger of being so). Many prayers of safety and healing for you and your land!!!!