This community has been set up to raise donations for those affected by recent natural disasters in Australia. December 2010 and January 2011 have delivered some of the worst flood events here in recent memory. Those of us in the country watched a national television channel help to raise an impressive amount of money in the space of two hours.
That fundraiser was a day or two before the unprecedented "inland tsunami" hit the mountain town of Toowoomba. It was before the comedy news show The 7pm Project told viewers: "If you live in the Lockyer Valley, get out now. There is a wall of water coming your way." Since that telethon, 75% of the northern state of Queensland (Brisbane) has been declared a natural disaster area. Parts of the state are still watching rivers rise, and some of those towns are suffering their second evacuation in less than two months. It will take months, perhaps years, for Queensland to recover, and the pace of the rescue and recovery will depend on whether there are any more torrential downpours.
Northern New South Wales (north of Sydney) is being flooded. Fewer people have been evacuated because the towns are smaller. Meanwhile, Western Australia (Perth) has also had floods and an idiot arsonist. The Northern Territory (Darwin) always has torrential downpours but they're looking at a cyclone soon. Victoria (Melbourne), which suffered from those horrendous bushfires two summers ago, has a flash flood warning out. South Australia (Adelaide) and Tasmania (Hobart) are on flood watches and are copping huge amounts of rain.
Then on 22 February, the Canterbury area of New Zealand's South Island (the area around Christchurch) was hit with a 6.3 earthquake. Aftershocks are still affecting the area. Almost 200 people perished as a result. Again, we were all glued to the television watching the horror unfold, waiting until we could re-establish connections with friends and loved ones.
Fandom_flood_appeal was set up so that fans from ALL fandoms can donate creative works to help rebuild stricken parts of Australia and now New Zealand. How can you help?
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- "It might be breaking our hearts … but it will not break our will" Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh
- "I never would have thought I would ever have seen a bull shark in the main street of Goodna." Goodna (QLD) Councillor, Paul Tully
- “If I find anybody looting in our city they will be used as flood markers." Ipswich Mayor, Paul Pisasale
- "This is without doubt the most significant flood in Victoria in the north and the northwest regions since the records began, something in the order of 130 years ago." Emergency Services Minister Peter Ryan