I had hoped that today would be a good time to change the mood of this blog and post about something light and entertaining, maybe even be a bit witty. And I thought it would make a change to write a post that didn’t mention the words rain, floods or cyclone. (Dang! Too late.)
But yesterday, when we were out and about shopping for light fittings, (how exciting is that?) my wife received a text from someone she knows in Perth. Part of which said…..
“Today, the surrounding areas have been evacuated due to fire. The winds have blown in the other direction and some people have lost their homes.”
By the time we watched the evening news, about 30 people had lost their homes and as I write this article now, the total stands at 59.
These are houses to the east of Perth just about 40 minutes drive from the city. And these aren’t the only bushfires to affect Western Australia this year either. About four weeks ago, 110 km south of Perth, fires were destroying homes too.
I checked out some of the YouTube videos about this latest disaster in Australia and it was interesting to see the comment on one of them, which said something like, and I’ve cleaned up the language…
“Bushfires? Australia? But last week it was flooding! What the……”
Obviously the commenter was not a reader of this blog because we all know how big Australia is, don’t we? And we have been here before, in fact just two years ago.
In my post back in February 2009 called North and South. More Than Miles Apart, tragic bushfires were out of control in Victoria whilst Queensland was flooded with parts of the state receiving 300 mm of rain a day.
I am often asked “when will it all end?” The answer is simple. It won’t. This is the Australian climate, it is extreme, it has been throughout Australia’s history and it’s not likely to change any time soon.
Here’s the news from Network Ten….