Since this blog is about Nick Cave, who is a Melbourne fella, and since Melbourne Deb is among our many dear friends from the region, I think it is timely and proper for us to post a public expression of sympathy. According to your beliefs, please join me in offering prayers, meditations, and healing energies for the victims and survivors of the Victoria Bush Fires.
Sincerest wishes for an ease to your suffering, from all of us at Nick Cave Fixes.
In the arms of the Goddess we lay,
Australia bush fires: Death toll passes 100
The Telegraph UK, 08 February 2009
The infernos, which started on Saturday in a period of record temperatures, destroyed at least 750 homes as they burned through 350,000 hectares of towns and farmland in the state of Victoria in a day and night already dubbed “Black Saturday”. Entire towns have been wiped off the map, with aerial images of the region showing an eerie moonscape of blackened earth and collapsed homes where fields and communities used to stand.
Most of the damage was done by two massive fires – one that virtually wiped out towns northeast of Melbourne including Kinglake and Marysville with a 60-mile front – and a second inferno that raced across Gippsland. Burnt-out cars were strewn across the road outside Kinglake, testimony to residents who made doomed attempts to escape.
Australia ablaze: ‘Hell in all its fury’ brings death to Victoria
The Times, Online, 8 February 2009
The fires began on the hottest day ever recorded in Melbourne and were fanned by gale-force winds. Many of the dead were said to have waited too long in their homes before fleeing and were burnt alive in their cars as multiple fires tore through the countryside of Victoria state. Some of the blazes were set by arsonists.
Witnesses said the sky had turned to ash, began to rain embers and the fires which obliterated entire houses in seconds had turned parts of the picturesque Victorian countryside into something resembling a nuclear holocaust.
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