Monday, 9 February 2009

A Sad Day In Australia's History

This morning on the news I read that at least 108 people have lost their lives in the Victorian bush fires and over 700 homes have been destroyed. I just can't fathom how this could have happened. Having a look at photos of home after home destroyed, roads filled with burnt out cars in which many people lost their lives and townships completely obliterated, I am filled with such sadness and sorrow.

People have lost their lives, their families, their homes, their livelihoods and their communities. I cannot even imagine how these poor people are going to cope. I pray that they can find some peace and comfort and be able to move on with their lives. I know that the entire nation is behind them and is willing to offer whatever assistance is required.

As I go to publish this post the death toll has risen to 126.

14 comments:

Rowyn said...

It is very saddening to hear about so much loss of life and the devastation caused by the fires. Also, to know that some of these fires have been deliberately lit is completely beyond comprehension.

Margit said...

I feel the same way Rowyn does. But thanks God that you seem to be fine. I hope it stayes that way!!!

karenv said...

My thoughts are with you and with everyone affected by this terrible tragedy. It is heartbreaking to read the news reports.

Siobhan said...

My thoughts & prayers are with everybody affected--both by the fires and also by the heart ache of watching the tragedy.

Michelle said...

What a sad day..I will keep those affected by the fires in my heart..

Michelle

Lisa said...

Yes, a sad week for Australia. And to think that it could be some low life that has deliberatly lit these fires and caused this massive loss of life and destruction is just awful. I hope there is some relief in sight for the firefighters soon.

The Scarlett House said...

It is always so sad to hear about these disasters. Here in AZ, we have wildfires every year and the destruction is hard to imagine. Sadly, they are almost always caused by unthinking morons.

Susan said...

It is tragic, and a very dark week in Victorias's history. The pictures coming out of the affected areas are horrific

Mylene said...

I've seen the news the last days and it is so sad and scary. Thinking of you and everyone affected by the fire.

Julianne said...

Suzanne,

I am so saddened by what has happened in your country.

I am glad that you and your family are safe.

samplerlover said...

Hi Suzanne,

This is absolutely terrible. I feel so sad for all those poor people.
I have been watching Sky news alot to get the up to date news and it is just horrible.

I heard this morning that there are still arsonists lighting fires around Beechfield last night. I don't think these kind of people have any brains, or if they do they must sit on them. Anyway, they will end being caught and I hope they end up going to hell.- Sandra.

Von said...

The fires and all the devastation and loss of life from them is just awful and so so sad.

Beatrice said...

What a frightening time for everyone.
Our prayers go out to all of the people involved. I too have family in Australia and follow the news here very closely.

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Lynn said...

My heart goes out to all those who have lost their homes and loved ones to this devastation. It really is horrific.
Whereabouts are you located in relation this area?