# VICTORIAN Black Sat BUSHFIRES 2009 UPDATE 16-02-09 Day 9

Today the world is supposed to get back to normal
But for 7500 of us it wont!

These people are homeless these people have lost everything these people are facing a completely unknown future, swirling in smoke still and with the ever conscious fears of reliving horror these people are finding their paths at their own pace and that is very much slower than any of us who were not there.

Well I wont give up
Thank you for the views I know there are 800 people looking at my words at least [or is it just a few over and over cos of the cute koala pic?]
Not that I will badger every day as I did last week, but I will try to keep the updated information coming on a regular basis.

Murrindindi Fires

Speaking of which:

There are confirmed 181 dead with the figure expected to rise
[Forensic have provided for a possible 300]

Today they have found more victims and the updated death toll will happen when these have been identified – 189 this evening now
There are 120 people missing and 7500 people homeless
And Sunday 22nd is declared a day of mourning
for the rest of us to pay tribute to those who did not survive
A service is to be held at Rod Laver Arena Melbourne.

These fires are now known as
“The worst natural disaster in Australia‚Äôs history!”

Seven fires are still burning but they are within containment lines and could take 2 weeks to burn out
One fire suspected being started by faulty power lines, several fires started by arsonists during the week other fires were also started by firebugs
So far one person has been arrested and charged for arson causing death (with regards to the Churchill Bushfires started Saturday killing 24 people and still burning)[and pedophilia] He has been named today as 39yo Brendan James Sokaluk but his identity and address are still suppressed. he will appear in court next month.

There has been 1,834 homes destroyed so far
413,000 hectares (well in excess of 1.5 million acres) destroyed
There is an estimated $2Billion worth of damage
There are estimated over a million animals lost
and fears that some of our water catchment areas have been compromised!
This will take at least this year to recover from going by expectations based on other fires
It will make our limited over-extended resources stretch even more than before

But we have all raised over $94MILLION in a week for the survivors
Showing that it brings out in us the best of Mateship!

Thanks to all Australian mates all over this country and the world and especially to our new International Mates!!!!
Our ultimate thanks go to the men & women of the Victorian CFA Fire Brigades who rallied and ran to face the beast and fought to contain it!


From the bottom of our hearts Thank you!


# VICTORIAN Black Sat BUSHFIRES 2009 UPDATE 16-02-09 Day 9


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