Lots of Australians are following the BBC’s coverage, regrettably because they’re addressing matters not raised in the Australian media or by politicians generally. Quite a terrible state of affairs in that regard.Thats an excellent summary.
Thanks Matt, I’m the same (as in, really want to fly into a rant, too)You know, in a way, in spite of the facts, I have a hard time believing this - not the fires, obviously, but the denial and ongoing outragous behaviour ... But I recall that this board has a "no politics" policy (correct me if I'm wrong about this, please), so I will stop commenting here because I would be unable to prevent myself from flying into a rant.
To everyone concerned and afflicted, my best wishes for an improvement of the situation.
Appreciate that Karen, but at this stage, we arent in any danger here. There are a couple of smaller fires which have been controlled, but nothing threatening here (which is unusual, we usually have at least one within a few kms... and will likely get one later in the fire season)... I’m just really fretful over the fires because our water supplies are dwindling (we are on Level 2 now which is really restrictive) and the drought has wiped out half our food supplies. The supermarkets still have food at really high prices, but sooner or later, if all this doesnt stop, we will run out (oh cripes, we probably wont, we will import from china or something..). Weird for a country which is supposed to be “first world”. Then again, successive governments have sold our farms, our water (yes, they sell our water) and our land to other countries. Short term gain. Long term pain.Words fail me Sue, just keep yourself safe x
Being in Europe atm, I have been made aware of you being no stranger to regular mass fires in your part of the world and can only hope the Australian government leans on Portugese expertese in dealing with the current problems.This is unbelievable... in 2017 about half of my country was heavily affected by wildfires in a single day (due to combination of extreme and severe drought and hurricane winds) and the burned area in Australia is already over 12 times what we had in that year. Can’t even imagine it. People here have been following the situation developing on the national news networks already since some weeks, as everyone is very connected with this matters and like then, I find strange that news take so long to pick up on these.