They think the number of deaths will rise above 200. 131 so far. FUCK!
My friends are ok. I am relieved.
One friend described the scene as horrific. He spent Saturday spotting his house. The fire was within 1km. The wind swirled around him as the ashes and embers dropped from above. He kept an eye on the weather yesterday but it was calmer as the heat had died down but the wind was from the other direction.
Today he went to work at his hospital where they had to take in the bodies of the local deaths as the morgues are too full. He is emotionally whacked. I am just pleased that he is here.
I found out that my cousin lost his house but he is here.
Now I am hearing the call that "if you can see flames, it is too late to leave."
I am numb.
I am crying at the sheer cruelty of what is happening to my beautiful state.
Both the state Premier and the country's Prime Minister are here and are emotionally smacked by this. Many pictures of them crying and hugging people who have nothing left.
They are treating this as if it were a terrorist attack. 30 Disaster Identification Officers are here from interstate to deal with the growing number of bodies. The army has been brought in to bulldoze, clean up and supply food, bedding and some shelter.
It was reported that many hospitals are running out of morphine for the burn victims and they have doctors who worked with those from the Bali bombings.
Arson is suspected. Arseholes! Complete and utter fuckwits.
If you see someone flicking a lit cigarette but report them!
75 Government schools shut today.
Remember to hug those you love.
Here is how much is affected. (link to Google map)