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Fire Update

By Richard Tonkin
Created 09/02/2009 - 08:04

With the fifteen bodies identified this morning, Victoria Police have now confirmed that 108 people have perished. One small area, Kinglake/Kinglake West, has tragically lost 30 from its community. How many have been injured?

The ABC is reporting that 700 homes have been destroyed.

The Red Cross has asked those donating goods to not take them to centres but to ring and have them picked up, as the flood of supplies is actually slowing things down. They are calling for blood donors to provide plasma for burns victims, and are accepting donations of money to the Victorian Fire Appeal here [1]. The Salvos appeal (situations like this are when the Salvos are invaluable) phone number is 137258.

My heart goes out to everybody who's suffered from this tragedy.

Melbourne ABC have been "inundated" with offers of help, and if there's anything you can do you can go here [2]. Many people will be waking up today knowing that everything they had is gone.

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