Jan. 13th, 2011

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So I'm sure by now most of you have heard about the devestating floods in Queensland, I posted about it earlier in the week (good news - most of my family has gotten in contact with us, they're all safe). The death toll has risen to 10 people, and they're expecting it to rise because they're are a number of people still missing.

For anyone interested in donating you can do so here even if you're overseas - there's an option for international donations. If you'd like more information on what's actually happening, you can go here.

In addition to all this some beautiful, wonderful people in fandom have organised the [livejournal.com profile] qldfloodauction which is similar to the ones organised for Pakistan and Haiti. People are auctioning off fic and art - please head over there if you have the chance and participate/donate.
Also, [livejournal.com profile] werewolfsfan has pointed me in the direction of [livejournal.com profile] fandom_flood_ap which has just been formed and is in the process of getting up and running. I'd just like to copy and paste something from their info page so you can get a better idea of what we're going through right now:

This community has been set up to raise donations for those affected by recent flood 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 rrescue 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.

If you have the chance, please please please donate ♥


"It might be breaking our hearts … but it will not break our will"

Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh


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