I've been reading for the past few weeks about the unbearable heat scorching Australia and...okay. I haven't had a whole lot of sympathy for it because it's dead-of-winter here in New England.
However, as a perused my FList this morning, I've been reading post after post about the horrific brushfires
that have swept through Victoria.
Some of the fires were sparked by lightning strikes as the heatwave breaks, others by human thoughtlessness (one fire was started by a tossed cigarette but), some by re-ignition of the smoldering debris (a huuuuuuge problem in brush fires as I can personally attest), and some by out-and-out arson.
The count is horrific. Entire towns have been destroyed. Entire families killed. As of a half-hour ago, the official death toll was 84, but unofficially it appears that that there's a lot more dead and unaccounted for.
To all the Aussies on my Flist (especially those in south Victoria and neighboring states), please stay safe and I hope you and yours get out okay.
It should be noted that I've heard nothing about this disaster in the US press (to be fair, I haven't been watching any TeeVee this weekend as I'm busy...so maybe one of the cable nets gave it 5 second at the top of the hour..). I first learned about it (and had been reading about the heatwave) here on LJ.
We are the world, indeed.