108 dead from Australian wildfire

by ARTiFactor on Feb. 08th, 2009

Fires in Australia wiped out the pretty resort village of Marysville and largely destroyed the town of Kinglake, north of Melbourne, with houses, shops, petrol stations and schools razed to the ground.

"Hell in all its fury has visited the good people of Victoria in the last 24 hours. Many good people lie dead, many injured," Rudd told reporters Sunday, deploying army units to help 3,000 firefighters battling the flames. Yahoo News

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ARTiFactor says:

The Australian wildfire tole is now over 130 dead and 750 homes destroyed. Click this link to see gallery of 120 photos from the Australian wildfire.

posted on Mon, 02/09/2009 - 8:41am
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Thank you for sharing this story.

Bushfires are a part of every Australian summer, but this past weekend took a terrible toll. With 173 dead (and counting) they are, in terms of human life, as bad as the next three worst fires put together (up until now about 500 people in total had been killed by bushfire in Australia).

For local coverage see The Age and the ABC.

posted on Mon, 02/09/2009 - 4:47pm
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ARTiFactor says:

Discovery.com has an article blaming the intensity of the Australian wildfires upon climate change..
Australia's wild weather included a once-in-a-century heat wave that sent temperatures soaring to 46 degrees Celsius (115 Fahrenheit) in the southeast just before the bushfires erupted, along with severe flooding in the north.

"As climate change continues to gather pace, Australia is at risk of more frequent drought, higher temperatures, more frequent and intense bushfires, as well as increased severity of cyclones and flooding," Greenpeace campaigner leader John Hepburn said.

"The scale of this tragedy should be a clarion call to politicians for the need to begin treating climate change as an emergency."

Monash University researcher David Packham said authorities had failed to properly manage Australia's forests, providing fuel for the fires.

He suggested they could learn from Aborigines, who for thousands of years conducted controlled burn-offs in the forests in order to prevent massive conflagrations.

posted on Tue, 02/10/2009 - 9:14am

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