The death toll now stands at 173 and reports now suggest that it may climb as high as 300. As the hours go on many people I know are telling tales of friends and or family who are missing. One of my nephews has a mate missing and that same mates brother confirmed dead. Other friends who we holiday with every year have not heard from friends for a few days.
So I think that most of the State may well be way less than 6 degrees of separation away from this personal tragedy.
It will be months whilst the police unravel the stories of each death. Firstly identifying the bodies will be an issue, then trying to piece together how people died will be a major exercise. And that is so necessary to provide some answers to the families left behind.
The generosity of people has been amazing. Everyone feels affected and everyone wants to try and contribute - clothes, groceries, money are all pouring in. For anyone who wants to donate you can do so on the Red Cross Website.
Wesfarmers have also announced that all profits from grocery sales in their Coles supermarkets this Friday will go to the appeal, so if you can hold off shopping until then, do so.
And from the best of human nature and generosity of spirit we come across this media release from Catch the Fire Ministries where a so called Man of God claims that God visited the fires on Victoria because of new abortion laws.
This straight from that offensive media release -
CTFM leader, Pastor Danny Nalliah said he would spearhead an effort to provide every assistance to devastated communities, although he was not surprised by the bush fires due to a dream he had last October relating to consequences of the abortion laws passed in Victoria.
He said these bushfires have come as a result of the incendiary abortion laws which decimate life in the womb.
My God is one of compassion and not this sort of vengeance. I thought long and hard about whether I should promote this sort of tripe but it is offensive and does not belong in my country. How dare these people try and point score from this tragedy.