Daily Archives: February 9, 2009
The scale of the situation in Victoria is difficult to comprehend. So many lives lost in the worst imaginable circumstances (108 people it says in the news this morning)
News is starting to come through about friends in Gippsland. One sustained burns as he evacuated in his car (10 people in his tiny community have been confirmed dead). A number of people I know have lost their homes and their animals.
From news reports, it is strongly suspected that the Churchill fire complex was lit by an arsonist. This fire has claimed the lives of 19 people.
Today I’m thinking of those volunteers who are fighting fires and who are probably now fighting total exhaustion. And, I’m thinking of my old workmates who would be part of the huge logistical effort which is required in situations such as this.