So many people…
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LP woke early this morning, really early – 5.30am (!) and as I sat here feeling grumpy about it, I turned to the news and saw that the death toll has reached 93 and the authorities are warning that the final number is likely to be much greater than this. That makes this fire the worst natural disaster in our nations history and we are yet to know just how bad it is.
My heart breaks for those families and communities.
I can’t help but imagine the fear they must have felt seeing and hearing the fire rushing toward them. I look at LP and wonder, were there families caught up, desperate to save their children? What happened to these poor people? With so much warning, we knew it was going to be as bad a day as it could get, how did this happen? Why couldn’t it be prevented?
I don’t say that in anyway to cast or infer blame.
You can’t stop a fire. Some communities didn’t even realise it was going to get to them.
With all our technology, information systems and networks, we’re just not in control.
My heartfelt thanks and appreciation continues to go out of the emergency services, especially the firemen and women who are on the frontline and who have stopped this disaster from being even greater. You may have picked up from a previous post of mine that I don’t normally go in for patriotism, but growing up in NSW where fires rage on a reasonably regular basis, I do believe that fireman are the heroes of our nation.
Lolls, I am so glad your parents and their friends are safe. At the end of the day a home can be replaced but their lives can’t be. As we now know, if you were home and didn’t know the fire was going to come to you, you may not have made it out. I am so glad they weren’t home.
Em, will email you but is the Kilmore fire over now? If you guys want to come and stay with us until the danger is passed please tell me. Don’t stay if there’s even the smallest chance that with a wind change you’d be in danger. It’s just not worth it.