Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Victoria burning

Many people have been asking if we're safe.  Arsonists set fire about a half hour northeast of Melbourne.  The death count is at 170 people so far, and 740 homes have burned to the ground. 

The news coverage is similar to that of  Sept. 11, many montages of survivors sharing their grisly experiences.  One that stood out was someone loading their children into the car, returning to the house for their baby and coming back to find the car and children smoldering, etc.  

Bush fires are continuing to burn, with over 4000 firefighters now battling it.  Melbourne is likely safe, and we feel insulated in our cement metropolis, though the ashes coating our exterior windows are a constant reminder of the suffering around us. 

You can donate to the Red Cross by clicking here.

1 comment:

  1. O holy crap. Arsonists? Really? In that environment? My god.