Monday, February 9, 2009

Kabakaran Besar di Victoria

Bushfires..

Teruk sangat kebakaran yang berlaku di Victoria.. PM Rudd sangat marah kerana polis syak ada somebody who had started the fire, we call as arsonist. Maybe dia mula bakar sampah atau bakar rumahnya sendiri and it ended with a huge bushfire..

Sebab tu kat Mesia saya sangat marah kalau nampak ada orang buat pembakaran terbuka, bakar sampah ke bakar daun-daun ker, bakar kertas etc kat depan rumah dia, ia bukan sahaja buleh membawa air pollution but at the same time.. it can lead to a big flame..

Pada saya orang yang buat pembakaran terbuka ni orang yang rendah tahap pemikirannya.. tak pikir kesannya.. Samalah dengan orang yang buang sampah dalam sungai.. [Sebab saya pernah nampak depan mata saya orang buat benda2 ni kat Shah Alam..] Teruk betul orang2 macam ni..
Alhamdulillah kat tempat saya tinggal sekarang tak ada berlaku bushfires.. Alhamdulillah.. if not, I can not imagine what will happen to me... Subhanallah..

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Australia's deadly bushfire kills 108

WHITTLESEA, Australia (Reuters) - Australia's deadliest bushfire crisis eased on Monday, but the death toll kept rising with at least 108 people killed as families searched for scores of missing in the twisted, charred ruins.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said the bushfires, some of which police believe were deliberately lit, constituted "mass murder," with media reporting the death toll could reach 170 as authorities searched hundreds of burned-out homes.

"This is of a level of horror that few of us anticipated. There are no words to describe it other than mass murder," Rudd told Australian television. "These numbers (dead) are numbing...and I fear they will rise further."

The previous worst bushfire tragedy was in 1983 when 75 people were killed in the "Ash Wednesday" fires. A massive bushfire tore through several small towns north of Melbourne on Saturday night destroying everything in its path. Many people died in cars trying to flee the inferno, others were killed huddled in their homes, yet some miraculously escaped by diving into pools and farm reservoirs or hiding in their cellar.

"It was a most horrible day. It's going to look like Hiroshima, I tell you. It's going to look like a nuclear bomb. There are animals dead all over the road," survivor Dr Chris Harvey told the local media.

More than 750 houses were destroyed and some 78 people, with serious burns and injuries, are in hospital. Thousands of firefighters continued on Monday to battle the fire and scores of other blazes across the southern state of Victoria, as well as fires in New South Wales state.

While cooler, less windy, conditions helped firefighters, 10 major fires remained out of control in Victoria. The bushfires have burned out more than 330,000 hectares in Victoria.

Wildfires are a natural annual event in Australia, but this year a combination of scorching weather, drought and tinder-dry bush has created prime conditions for blazes to take hold. Green lawmakers have been urging stiffer climate-change policies to reduce the risk of more such summer disasters.

The Victorian bushfire tragedy is the worst natural disaster in Australia in 110 years. In 1899, Cyclone Mahina struck Australia's northern Cape York, killing more than 400.

PLEAS FOR MISSING
As dawn broke in the town of Whittlesea, near Kinglake where most people died, shocked residents wandered the streets, some crying, searching for loved ones still missing.
"The last anyone saw of them, the kids were running in the house, they were blocked in the house," cried Sam Gents who had not heard from his wife Tina and three young children, aged 6, 13 and 15, since an inferno swept through Kinglake.
"If they let me up the mountain I know where to go (to try and find them)," Gents sobbed.

Authorities sealed off Kinglake as bodies were still being recovered.
Handwritten notes pinned to a board in the Whittlesea evacuation center told the same sad story, with desperate pleas from people for their missing family and friends to contact them.

As survivors returned to the twisted remains of their homes on Monday they described a desolate, blackened, smoldering landscape. "The ground is white hot," said Norm Beaman.
Aerial vision of the fireground showed towns that looked like they had been bombed, with flattened and ash remains of houses dotting the landscape. But bushfires are indiscriminate killers and pockets of green trees survived between burned-out homes.

Victoria state Police Deputy Commissioner Kieran Walshe said the speed at which the fire took off indicated it might have been deliberately lit. "These things have to have some sort of human intervention...they can't start from the natural elements," Walshe told ABC television.

Rudd said it would take years to rebuild the devastated rural towns some 80 km (50 miles) north of Melbourne and has announced a A$10 million ($6.8 million) aid package.
"That's why we have deployed the army, that's why we will be deploying every possible resource," said Rudd. "Everyone should dig deep. It's not just the next day or two, it's the next year or two, the rebuilding of these communities."
(Writing by Michael Perry; Editing by Mark Bendeich)