Balck Saturday Wildfires

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  • Created on: 29-04-18 13:02
Date + location
7th Feb 2009, state of Victoria, Australia
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Immediate impacts
173 DEAD, +400 INJURED, 3,500 structures destroyed, 450,000 hectares burnt, 60,000 without power, 11,800 cattle killed, cereal, fruit, timber destroyed
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Conditions
some fires started by lightning or people, temp over 40 degrees, wind gusts 125 km/h, coincided with Indian Ocean Dipole = decreased rainfall
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immediate repsonse
4,000 fire-fighters Country Fire Authority (CFA)+Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), also from New Zealand, 74 from US, military aid, medical relief
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Economic responses
Government $10 million emergency assistance, available from 9th Feb: $1,000 per adult + $400 per child if in hospital with injuries/lost homes, Woolworths $1 million, Aus Red Cross raised $315 mill, Red Cross Blood Service: 6,000 blood donations
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what did Cricket Australia do?
Organise a game between Australia and New Zealand to raise money for fire victims
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Why were people not well prepared?
lack of up to date info, advance warnings but pop. thought fires only affected people in bush not suburbs, had no fire plan, only plastic hoses=melt, pop. using mains water=lower water pressure=only trickle, no water tanks, generators expensive
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