I just want to ask fellow DP's to take a sec if they would be so kind to say a prayer or just send good thoughts toward the folks back where I come from - Victoria, Australia who have been and are dealing with the worst bushfire in the history of Australia. The temperature reached approximately 48 degrees celcius in some areas on the weekend (around 118 deg Far.) The death toll is
93 108 131
173 and climbing. I think it will be in the hundreds by the time everyone is accounted for but I pray I am wrong.
Kinglake, Victoria - one of the very worst hit as far as loss of life, is my home town and they had a total of
63 lives lost last count (I am sure that number will probably double if not triple once crews can gain access to all areas impacted). The scenes were simply ones of Armageddon nature - just horrific and although we read about devastating loss each day in the news, it really impacts you when it's your own town, you know the people who have lost homes or lives. Your own old house completely gone. Everything you knew is gone.
If folks want to know more: www.heraldsun.com.au
And if anyone wants to donate toward the victims the official website to help the bushfire victims is : www.redcross.org.au
I checked out Kinglake, Victoria on Google Earth this morning and it simply was unrecognizable to me. Marysville, another town dear to my family for many years (for various personal reasons) has quite simply, all but gone. Over 750 without homes and they expect that number to increase as well. Alfred Hospital (the main hospital where victims were being sent) apparently ran out of morphine. Hard to even comprehend that.
Sorry to start off a Sunday with such a depressing post but I'm simply shocked beyond belief.Edited to add: 330,000 hectares (815,444 acres) burned so far.
Pic below taken at Kinglake.