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PostSubject: Australian Bushfires   Sun Feb 08, 2009 6:54 am

65 dead, towns destroyed in Australia's wildfire 'hell'
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February 8, 2009 - 9:39PM

At least 65 people were killed and entire towns razed in one of the worst wildfire disasters in Australian history, sending thousands fleeing in scenes Prime Minister Kevin Rudd compared to "hell" Sunday.

The toll, already the highest in 26 years, looked set to rise further as medics treat badly burned survivors and police sift through more than 640 homes destroyed by the fires, some blamed on arsonists.

Thousands of survivors jammed community halls, schools and other makeshift accommodation as troops and firefighters battled to control huge blazes.

"Hell in all its fury has visited the good people of Victoria in the last 24 hours. Many good people lie dead, many injured," Rudd told reporters, deploying army units to help 3,000 firefighters battling the flames.

The fatalities, all in Victoria state, exceeded the worst expectations of police, who reported 14 deaths shortly after the fires flared late Saturday.

The number of dead rose steadily throughout Sunday as rescue crews reached townships that bore the brunt of the most intense firestorm northwest of Melbourne, which survivors likened to a nuclear bomb.

"It was a most horrible day. It's going to look like Hiroshima I tell you, it's going to look like a nuclear bomb," said Chris Harvey, a resident of Kinglake, one of the worst-affected towns.

"There's animals dead all over the road."

Many people apparently died in their cars as they attempted to escape the inferno, while others were caught in their homes.

The fires flared late Saturday, fanned by high winds following a once-in-a-century heatwave that sent temperatures soaring to 46 C (115 F), and continued to burn out of control Sunday.

Rescue services were also fighting huge blazes to the north in New South Wales state.

At least two children were among the dead, while Melbourne's Alfred Hospital admitted 20 people suffering serious burns.

"Unfortunately, there are some who will not survive," trauma specialist John Coleridge told reporters.

Australia's deadliest bushfires killed 75 people in Victoria and in neighbouring South Australia in 1983.

But officials said current conditions were even worse, with the ground tinder-dry after a prolonged drought.

"These fires have been very fast, very violent and very ferocious," Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Kieren Walshe said.

He said the deadly fire northwest of Melbourne was believed to have claimed six victims in one car at Kinglake and another three in a vehicle at Strathewen.

"The worst thing that people can do is make a rash last-minute decision (to flee) and get trapped in their cars," NSW Rural Fire Service spokeswoman Rebel Talbot told Sky News.

Victoria state's Country Fire Authority said only one building was left standing in the popular tourist hamlet of Marysville, where one person was killed.

"Marysville, which was one the loveliest townships in Victoria, if not Australia, has just about been wiped out," said pastor Ivor Jones, whose own home in the town was destroyed.

Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard said whole towns would need to be rebuilt and the federal government was preparing a massive disaster relief effort.

Witnesses told of trees "exploding" with the intense heat and fire fronts racing out of control.

Marie Jones said she was staying at a friend's house in Kinglake, where at least 18 people perished, when a badly burnt man arrived with his infant daughter, saying his wife and other child had been killed.

"He was so badly burnt," she told the Melbourne Age's website.

"He had skin hanging off him everywhere and his little girl was burnt, but not as badly as her dad, and he just came down and he said 'Look, I've lost my wife, I've lost my other kid, I just need you to save (my daughter).'"

Police Deputy Commissioner Walshe said there was no doubt that arsonists were behind some of the fires.

"Some of these fires have started in localities that could only be by hand, it could not be natural causes," he said.

NSW Premier Nathan Rees said arsonists faced a maximum 25 years' jail.

"We will throw the book at you if you are caught," he said. "This is not fun, this is not clever, this is something that can kill people."

Victoria state Premier John Brumby warned there was no end in sight for the disaster.

"It's not over yet by a long shot," he said.


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This is so horrible. I'm so glad I don't live in Victoria, because I know what it's like to have to go through losing stock, possessions, houses from bushfires, and it's not fun. Also, this is easily the worst fires we've ever seen in this country, death toll is reported to be up to 76 now.

I'm also scared that up here, when our bushfire season hits, which is winter for us Northern states usually, because it's so dry, something like this will happen.

I really hope anyone living in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia are okay, because this is scary. I've got friends and family down there, luckily, they live in the Melbourne suburbs, so they're safe, for now.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Bushfires   Sun Feb 08, 2009 6:02 pm

Oh my god, that's horrible =\
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Bushfires   Sun Feb 08, 2009 6:30 pm

Normally I'd create a pun about a "bushfire" but this is just one of those stories that you don't realize until it hits close to home. California Wildfires, Florida Hurricanes, Australian Fires, all disasters are horrible and I hope all famlies and others are alright.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Bushfires   Mon Feb 09, 2009 4:36 am

Death toll's up to 108 now, and expected to rise Sad
Can't see the end in sight either.


EDIT : Death toll now 135
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Bushfires   Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:53 am

Man that's terrible...and somebody actually did this? Neutral
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Bushfires   Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:03 pm

yeah i was watching the new the other day man this is terrible
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Bushfires   Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:28 am

Some good news, the FOX and Triple M radio stations co-hosted shows today and raised over $800,000. All that with added charity work happening all over AUS.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Bushfires   Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:00 am

So glad to see how everyone in this country is getting behind this, there's been over $4 million raised just from a cricket match today.
We may not be the greatest country in the world most of the time, I'll admit that, but man we lok after our own when we need to.

Death toll is now over 170.

I also quickly want to mention those in North Queensland, where there's severe flooding, and people have also died in that, unfortunately it's not getting as much coverage, and people have tended to forget about it.

My heart goes out to the people in NQ affected by the floods, which include some of my best friends. As well as of course to those affected by the bushfires.

How ironic though, the north of the east coast is under water, and the south of the east coast is on fire.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Bushfires   Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:22 am

This is really just something terrible.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Bushfires   Tue Feb 10, 2009 5:05 am

Actually last I heard death toll was near 300 if you count the unacounted people...really despressing, it's already worse than ash wednsday.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Bushfires   Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:15 pm

well this is geting very bad first it was england then USA now australia
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Bushfires   Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:23 pm

The Cricket match actually raise over $6mil as all ticket sales and player wages went to the cause.

Also the death tole has reached 170 with at least 100 probable more to be found in the rubble. Over 750 houses burned to the ground, yet the fire is now in open space away from towns and Firefighters are getting ontop of some of the fire fronts (10 fronts in total).

Also the news is that this fire was deliberately lit and the whole fire ridden land is now a crime scene... Also the Red Cross has raised over 35 Million Dollars in donations from individuals and companies of Australia...

And Lastly there is a TV Donation Broadcast on tomorrow night hosted by Eddie Mcquire and the AFL match between Western Bulldogs and Essendon has been recalled to Melbourne as will be raising funds for the fires aswell...and later this arvo the Queen of England will make a personal donation to the cause.

Its amazing that in a time of need everyone helps...

All for one and one for ALL!
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Bushfires   Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:33 am

See? This show's how good the people of Australia are. We aren't perfect, but as I said before we really do look after our own.

And I'm so glad to see the rest of the world getting behind us, this is the worst fires, and indeed the worst disaster in our history.

Oh and on the AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Western Bulldogs......GO BOMBERS!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Bushfires   Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:22 am

I seen on the news something about this it's horrible.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Bushfires   Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:28 am

how can people start this man
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