Here, in Perth, we have lost up to thirty five homes over 12 hours and the fires are still out of control.
In the east, flood damage from storm and cyclone directly affecting thousands is still being assessed.
I noticed in news reports on the fires that people were being arrested for passing barricades to get to their threatened homes. I wonder if this is a manifestation of ‘disaster fatigue’ – that people are becoming blasé about personal safety because extreme natural events across the country have been part of our scene for about six weeks straight.
Anyhow, spare a thought for emergency workers – firefighters, police, rescuers – professional and volunteer – whose tasks stretch ahead to some unknown horizon at this stage.
Spare a prayer for those who have lost all but their lives and who must begin the process of reconstruction.