View Full Version : 108 people dead, 750 homes destroyed in worst bushfires in Australia's history
02-08-2009, 04:13 PM
THE death toll from Australia's worst ever bushfires continues to grow, with 108 dead, 750 homes lost and whole towns wiped out. THE death toll in Australia's worst ever bushfires rose to 108 this morning, but the final figure was expected to be higher and fires were still putting towns at risk.
At least 750 homes have been destroyed and 3733 people have registered with the Red Cross after evacuating their properties. The number left homeless is expected to be far higher, the Red Cross said.
It was confirmed that at least four children have died, but that figure would also be expected to rise as full details emerged.
A two-year-old girl was among 13 in intensive care in hospital. Twenty-two people with shocking burns were admitted to the Alfred hospital, the state's main trauma centre, where staff ran out of morphine trying to ease patients' pain.
02-08-2009, 04:15 PM
02-08-2009, 04:17 PM
“and a voice could be heard, crying alone in the darkness, its words laced with the cold of the grave, its breath laced with the taste of the earth..”I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds”
02-08-2009, 05:26 PM
“and a voice could be heard, crying alone in the darkness, its words laced with the cold of the grave, its breath laced with the taste of the earth..”I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds”Bhagavad Gita
02-08-2009, 05:28 PM
The last words are..the rest, I wrote.
02-08-2009, 05:58 PM
Prayers for all those affected :(
02-11-2009, 02:25 PM
Prayers for all those affected :(
And, of course, as in California, the problem was made worse by idiot policies imposed by greens.
Angry survivors blame council 'green' policy
Andrea Petrie, Arthurs Creek
February 11, 2009
ANGRY residents last night accused local authorities of contributing to the bushfire toll by failing to let residents chop down trees and clear up bushland that posed a fire risk.
During question time at a packed community meeting in Arthurs Creek on Melbourne's northern fringe, Warwick Spooner — whose mother Marilyn and brother Damien perished along with their home in the Strathewen blaze — criticised the Nillumbik council for the limitations it placed on residents wanting the council's help or permission to clean up around their properties in preparation for the bushfire season. "We've lost two people in my family because you dickheads won't cut trees down," he said.
"We wanted trees cut down on the side of the road … and you can't even cut the grass for God's sake."
Later, the meeting was cut short when Mr Spooner's father, Dennis, collapsed in his chair and an ambulance had to be called. Despite losing his wife and son and everything he owned, a friend later said he had not stopped or slept since the weekend.
Another resident said she had asked the council four times to tend to out-of-control growth on public land near her home, but her pleas had been ignored.
There was widespread applause when Nillumbik Mayor Bo Bendtsen said changes were likely to be made about the council's policy surrounding native vegetation.
But his response was not good enough for Mr Spooner: "It's too late now mate. We've lost families, we've lost people."
More than 500 people spilled out of the small hall during the meeting, at which the CFA, Victoria Police, Department of Human Services and Telstra provided updates.
Many expressed anger that police road blocks were stopping them from reaching survivors trapped in fire-ravaged areas with no water, power or other basic needs. One man present spoke of counselling a woman whose two children had been killed and whose grief had been compounded by not knowing where they were because the area had been declared a crime scene and she had not been allowed to return.
Most of those present were tired, grieving the loss of relatives and friends and with little more than the smoke-coated clothes on their backs. Some were still showing symptoms of shock after experiencing the worst natural disaster in the nation's history.
Scattered around the hall and outside were trestle tables with clothing sorted in neat piles, toiletries, food and bottled water. On the floor were dozens of pairs of shoes. There was also a section dedicated to baby clothes and another for children's toys.
Of all the speakers who addressed the meeting, it was Arthurs Creek CFA Captain David McGahy who got the most rousing reception.
Choking back tears he told them: "I'm so terribly sorry. We desperately wanted to protect you but we couldn't. In the cold analysis of light, it wouldn't have mattered if we'd have had 200 units here, all that would have happened is we would have ended up with a whole lot of dead firefighters. I've been at this game for about 40 years and I haven't experienced anything like that, not even remotely like it."
02-11-2009, 09:01 PM
I've been watching this story on the news. I hear the death toll could go over 200. Amazing and horrible. I also have heard that arson is suspected. It's hard to believe anyone would do this deliberately but some people are just that low.
Thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families.
02-12-2009, 06:09 AM
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