Victoria is burning. 36 dead. Please donate if you can.
Victoria is burning.
36 people are already confirmed dead and the number is expected to rise.
Two towns have been razed to the ground.
Marysville north of Melbourne has been all but wiped off the map and ambulance authorities say there are not enough vehicles to reach all the injured in nearby Kinglake, a town which is also feared to have been destroyed.
It is unclear how many homes have been destroyed in the fires, but tens of thousands of hectares have been razed and the army has been called in to assist exhausted firefighters.
The number of destroyed homes will be in the hundreds.
This morning there were also unconfirmed reports of bodies being found in cars overtaken by the fires in Gippsland in the state’s east.
Six of the confirmed dead have been found at Kinglake, six at Kinglake West and four each at St Andrews and Wandong, all north of Melbourne.
Five people are dead in Callignee, three in Hazelwood and one in Jeeralang. More bodies have been found at Humevale, Bendigo, and Arthurs Creek.
Victoria’s deputy police commissioner Kieran Walshe says the death toll will rise and it is expected to include children.
Please help in any way you can.
Donations can be made to the Victorian Bushfire Relief Fund via any National Australia Branch or via internet banking. BSB: 082-001. Account number: 860 046 797.