We have all been following the bush fires around Australia and most recently in Victoria, our state and home towns. The devastation is enormous with more than 1,200,000ha of land burnt across Victoria, with 27 fires still going.
An unprecedented state of disaster remains in place as:
• Two people are confirmed dead;
• 1,200,000ha of land has been burnt;
• 110 properties and 220 outbuildings razed; and
• 31 fires currently burning.
Nothing remains of this house in East Gippsland. Picture: Mark Stewart
All that remains of the bathroom. Picture: Mark Stewart
The Victorian Government has partnered with Bendigo Bank and The Salvation Army to establish the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. 100% of donated funds will go directly to communities in need.
Victorians are being urged to dig deep to help those who have lost everything in the bushfire crisis, as leaders vowed to work together to rebuild communities.
Australia’s defence force and emergency services will fly hundreds more victims in the northeast of the state to safety today.
Amid pleas for help from victims, Premier Daniel Andrews revealed a new Bushfire Appeal Fund would be set up, kickstarted with $2 million in state money.
Mr Andrews also thanked Victorians for their donations of clothes and food, but stressed that the most helpful thing people could do to support those impacted by the fires is donate cash to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.