Tuesday, 10 February 2009
Bush fires in Victoria
Whilst I was away enjoying a relaxing weekend in Perth, the state of Victoria was engulfed in still burning bush fires. The death toll has reached 173 people, with many more still in hospital in life threatening conditions. Sadly the death toll is on the rise with many people still unaccounted for. And the worst thing is that the police are on the hunt for the suspected arsonists who started such a tragedy.
Whole towns have been wiped out. Marysville is one such town not far from Melbourne. We went there in secondary school for school camps. The town has all but been burnt to the ground.
News story: This is an aerial photo of all that is left of this town.
Bendigo is another town close to Melbourne which has been hit by bush fires. My twin sisters husbands family live on their farm in Bendigo but thankfully they were on the other side of the town and were not affected.
The problem was that some towns had no warning and the call for evacuation came to late. People have been describing the bush fires as a hurricane of burning wind, sweeping through so fast that no one stood a chance of getting out. The weather conditions were so hot (45 degrees and above throughout the state) and the wind was so powerful that fires were jumping over roads and with lighting speed taking everything in its path.