209 dead in bushfires in Victoria, Australia (update: death toll increase)

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  1. Belowen

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    Arsonists have been re-lighting fires that volunteers have been putting out all day today too... I just don't understand how people could do that.

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  2. Flashbang

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    oh my God..seriously? that's terrible
     
  3. Belowen

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    The death toll has risen to 65, and will continue to rise.. :(
     
  4. Filipe

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    I've heard the news & this is so bad, I hope they extinguish the fires soon as possible & the temperature need to go down! get safe, aussies!:(
     
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    it just keep increasing!! :( :( 15 hours ago before i went to sleep they were at 35 :(
     
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    108 now.. Whoever started the fires will be charged with 108 deaths :ninja: it's just crazy... Thankfully mother nature stepped in, and it's been raining...
     
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    omg 108 now ............thats sad !!! :(
     
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    oh my goodness... those pictures :shock:

    this is so sad and scary :( my heart goes out to all of the families... i can't believe it...
     
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    I cried while watching this on the news this morning. It's utterly heartbreaking & so horrific. And to think most of the fires were deliberately lit. I have no words to describe what I feel towards the people that did this.

    I donated online to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal at www.redcross.org.au

    I hope, if you can afford it, that you can find it in your hearts to donate too Xxxx
     
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    It's scary how every time I've seen this, the toll is an even larger number. And why would someone light even more fires?!
     
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    So terrible :(. Those pictures are scary. I wonder though, were people not told to flee? I can't imagine how so many people could die! And what a terrible way to go. My worst fear.
     
  12. adorefaith

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    i have friends in victoria so close to all of this....they said the destruction is just horrific..

    i spoke to my dad in sydney last night and he said from the news footage these towns look like war zones....i can't even imagine..

    my heart goes out to everyone that's been affected....it's just unreal..
     
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    A lot of people stayed behind to try and save their homes, a lot of people were attempting to escape and have died in their vehicles :( people don't always realise how fast firestorms can move... They mentioned on the news that some of the blazes were moving at over 100km an hour... Tying to outrun something with such powerful force can be difficult :unsure:
     
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    This is just so devastating my heart goes out to everyone affected
     
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    :cry::cry::cry:
    i cried watching the news as well. the death toll is up to 131. over 750 homes completely destroyed. its just so horrible :cry:

    like Belowen said, fire storms move so quickly and it happened when 2 fire fronts joined at night. some of the flames were up to 40m high in the firestorm. i cannot even imagine being trapped in a car as that came towards you..

    they also said the people caught so far have been charged with arson and they are pushing to lay charges for (at least) 131 counts of reckless murder and endangerment. I hope they are in jail for a long time, its such a disgusting side of humanity.
     
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    So horrific.

    A colleague of my fathers died in these fires. I'm sure everyone here in Victoria will know someone who has been directly affected :(

    And newsreader Brian Naylor :eek: I remember watching him on the news every night throughout my childhood. I know no death is more important than another, but I was so shocked by his.

    We used to go to King Lake all the time as a child.

    The deathtoll is now 131.
     
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    I didn't realise they had arrested anyone Bliss, that's crazy... I have to wonder though, if the intent was to kill, or if it was just a case of pyromania and arson that blew up to the extreme. Either way, it's horrifying :(

    Everyone at work donated to the red cross today, and I'm giving blood on Sunday so hopefully that will help too.

    It's officially the worst natural disaster in Australian history :ninja:

    The thought of people fleeing in their cars brings me to tears, they had no escape... :cry: They found an elderly lady passed away in her car next to her favourite china... She had taken the time to gather it all, and that might have cost her valuable time :(

    One family hid in a wombat hole, and managed to survive...

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  18. Echoes

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    Didn't this happen last year also? I remember seeing stories about possibly evacuating major cities.
     
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    There are bushfires every summer in Australia... But this is the worst we've ever seen...
     
  20. John_M.

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    Absolutely horrific news. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone down in Victoria, Australia. I'll send my deepest thoughts and prayers to all family and friends affected by this horrific incident including the victims themselves.
     

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