… but Compassion for others can help you feel better about yourselves and your situation,
My Country is in Mourning after our worst ever natural disaster (in a single weekend event – we now regularly have severe droughts that last years and floods and cyclones that cause more widespread damage) this last weekend:
The horiffic Weather conditions in the South of Australia (Melbourne – a City of almost 4 million – had their hottest recorded temperature, over 115 degrees (46.4C) on Saturday!) have now changed to much more bearable levels giving all, including the volunteer firefighters who have been overwhelmed by recent events, some relief but bushfires are still burning (one firefront yesterday was 50 miles in length – there were at least 8 separate major infernos in the State of Victoria where most deaths have been recorded on Saturday/Sunday).
The people of Victoria could use a prayer or two right now.
Update: 10/Feb/09. Latest official death toll is 183, but unconfirmed reports have said almost 150 more bodies were brought off the firescenes today for despatch to the Victorian Coroners Office. Even more bodies may be located in coming weeks as each property destroyed is investigated.
Over 1000 homes are currently recorded as lost but not all fire areas have yet been able to be thouroughly searched and the sparsely scattered population of the regions means exact figures may not be known for weeks to months as recovery teams need to take extreme care in what amount to crime scenes, where so many have lost their life.
Despite ‘favourable’ weather conditions since Sunday, many fires still burn and more hot weather is predicted for the coming weekend.