Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Sunburnt Country, drought and flooding rains

We are watching the devastation caused by the Queensland floods as rain continues to fall here in Melbourne. This is no time for debate on whether or not this is climate change or whether more could have been done to mitigate the risks.  Like the Black Saturday fires here in Victoria two years ago it is a reminder of the harshness and fickleness of this country.  Our hearts go out to those who have lost their lives and to those whose lives have been devastated.  As Aussies do, we will pull together and bounce back, ready to face the next natural disaster when it inevitably comes and in coming days we will hear the tales of heartbreak and of heroism that will unfold.

For those overseas visitors who may not have seen some of the footage that we have please take the time to view what is happening here.  It is proof that no one is immune.   The first video is of the flash flood or inland tsunami, as it is being called, that hit Toowomba which is a town perched on the top of the Great Dividing Range.

This next one is of the current situation in Brisbane, our third largest city, with the flood peak still some 9 hours away as I post this.

And for one of the more remarkable images check this out.
(Photo: Armin Gerlach/

If anyone would like to donate you can do so here at the Queensland Government Flood Appeal


Cate said...

just devastating - and to think it's still not over...

ClaireyH said...

Surely one of the best images to have been captured.

JY said...

Praying for an end, subsiding in the floods.

Jane said...

Great minds think alike, Loz. A well written post. It's so hard to find the right words now. And that photo of the snake and frog is the only thing to come out of it that's made me smile. J x