Thursday, May 21, 2009

SE Queensland and NE NSW storm hits hard

A state of emergency has been declared just over the border in Queensland, and I am guessing NSW will be declaring one here too. Where I live has been hit pretty hard, but short of being trapped (with plenty of food) for a couple of days it is just an inconvenience.

We are so lucky to be in Australia. The floods in Brazil a few weeks ago forced a quarter of a million people to be evacuated and killed dozens. Burma and Bangladesh are also recent disaster zones but over the past century China has lost millions of people to floods. They have suffered seven that have killed over 100,000 people. One, in 1931, killed over 3.5m - not much less than the current population of New Zealand.

Really, we have not a lot to complain about here.

The road to the coast

The 'main' road to our nearest town, Lismore

Our drive. (If you look carefully, the whiteish blob on the right of the road, on the grass is the bum of a koala, called Justine).


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