Bushfire Disaster, 84 and climbing
It is one thing suffering through a really hot day but another when a bushfire devastate an entire region of Victoria. At the latest report, there has been 84 accounted deaths but there could still be more as police and fire crew continue their work in the region.
The bushfire has burnt the entire township of Marysville, Kingslake and surrounding areas, destroying more than 312,000 hectares.
Many residents were trapped in the region because the bushfire surrounded the roads in and out of the area. Some residents perished while trying the escape the fire in their vehicles. Victims included Brian Naylor, a veteran news reader, and his wife Moiree.
People concerned about friends and relatives known to be in the affected region, should call 1800 727 077.
The Age “Death toll …”
The Herald Sun “Witness gallery”
Herald Sun “Bushfire figures”
ABC’s “Bushfire Emergency“