Monday, 9 February 2009
Posted by Sarah Pellew
I watched the news this morning with increasing horror as footage was beamed to us from Australia. The tears started to drip down my face as I saw images of devestation... burned out cars and houses, whole towns destroyed, people burned alive in their vehicles as they tried to out drive the bushfires that are raging across Australia, out of control.
One man I saw had been trying to fight the fires with neighbours and when he came back he discovered 2 of his children had been killed. People leaped into pools and ponds in a desperate attempt to survive fires that were travelling faster than trains, whipped by the winds. One woman climbed into a wombat hole with her children as the fire swept above them. Miraculously they lived.
I cannot imagine the fear that these people must be going through. The fires still rage and people are still dying. For me here in little old, snow covered England it is incomprehensible. My heart goes out to you if you are there or if you have friends or family out there.It must be a living hell.