The death toll from the bushfires is certain to rise further. Victorian Premier John Brumby has vowed to rebuild the razed communites, but as the toll mounts the grim fates of many residents are becoming clearer. Thirty-five people died in Kinglake alone, while 22 deaths had been confirmed in St Andrews out of a population of just 1500. Strathewen, with only 200 people prior to the bushfires, had lost 30 residents in the last official count. Fire fighters dubbed the tiny town the "Valley of Death". A bridge out of town was damaged, leaving those still there as the firestorm swept through with little chance of survival. Three bodies were found crowded in a bath. The victims may have hoped the water would save them but instead it would have boiled in the intense heat - excerpt from the news.com.au website
The Australian Red Cross have set up the Victorian Bushfire Appeal and are accepting donations. Please click here if you are able make a financial contribution to assist the victims of these horrific bushfires.
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