Our snow has melted and with it the memory of the bitter cold days and nights… On the other side of the world the fires still burn and the work is only really beginning… I wrote about it here a week ago.
Friday’s email message
The radio is getting sad
Talk back radio have people appealing to know if their friends and relatives are alive
But we are not getting as many positive answers
The death toll still remains the same at 182 but
Today both the Police and the Red Cross begged for people to register their where abouts.
The missing have increased to over 120 and more
The government suggest that the toll will rise to over 300
The cheep press suggest that it is closer to 400
Tragically the firey’s and police came across 8 bodies huddled together over a baby on Friday. Now they are identified in their new names of 1 to 9 with their GPS map reference
It was easier to find people in cars on the roads
A different thing in the bush and in some of the houses
Facemasks and gloves are only now being handed out to volunteers to start the meticulous search through the devastation of what remains. The temperatures are forecast to jump up by Wednesday.
This refreshable map tracks where the fires are: http://mapvisage.appspot.com/fires/FireMap.html
All that some survivors have left is their dignity – Their knickers or jocks have come from somebody else!
It kinda puts our recession into perspective!
8 bodies huddled over a baby – how terribly terribly terrifying and sad.
We whine and complain about so many little things in life, something like this really puts our moaning into perspective.
Thanks for helping to put things into perspective. I’ve been telling people all day that we have little reason to moan considering the awfulness of what’s happened in the Melbourne area. Everyone was in agreement.
We Irish are a moaning nation!
Not just the Irish, GM. It happens on the other side of the Irish sea too.
I have musician friends up in Queensland…flooded… who are putting on a benefit for the victims of the fires. I feel helpless……
I heard my brother talk of trying to organise shipping emergency supplies to the flooded area.