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The Aftermath

February 8, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

I’ve just woken to a lovely cool morning but the damage from the heat and fires is making worldwide news

The toll could be forty dead and hundreds of house burnt down all in a few hours of pure hell.  It appears that one family of 6 were killed fleeing in their car but they would have been no match for the speed of those fires.

We watched the fires in horror on TV last night and were amazed at the ferocious speed the fire raged up hills and gobbled up house and people in it’s path.

We survived the afternoon soaking in the cold spa with MPS and Chris from Brisbane in Queensland who we met on the Nepal trek. 

So what is happening up the road from us in north Queensland?  Much of the state has been declared a disaster zone, with an area of more than one million square kilometres and 3,000 homes affected by floods due to torrential rains.

I love a sunburnt country,

A land of sweeping plains,

Of ragged mountain ranges,

Of drought and flooding rains.

“My Country” by Dorothea Mackellar

  1. February 8, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    When I saw the site of the fires in Canberra a few years ago, I was amazed that the fire could totally destroy some houses, yet jump right over others and leave them unscathed. There were houses totally destroyed, yet washing still on the line in the back yards! My cousin’s ex-husband was hosing down a friend’s house when the fire came through, he had to run for his life and his car was burnt.
    I saw the fires on the CBC news tonight, my prayers are will those people.
    So you have fire in Victoria, and Queensland has floods? Doesn’t seem quite right.
    Yes it’s been 8C today but going back down to 0C tonight. weird weather. And all that snow in UK….

  2. February 8, 2009 at 7:40 pm


    Shammy – 65 confirmed dead so far and expected to rise to over 100.

    The 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires produced the same with some houses spared and ones next door burnt to the ground. It produced resentment later on with the why us/why them recriminations.

    Caramaena and Peggy – It’s just getting worst. See my comment to Shammy. Whole towns have been wiped out.

  3. February 8, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    It’s such a tragedy Db. My heart goes out to everyone affected.

  4. February 8, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    God bless and keep those souls!

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