I've been following Bush Babe since almost the beginning of her blog. Through her, I met Jeanie, her sister, and even her mother, too. I'm not sure actually, how it came to be that I began following such a number of Oz blogs, but I do. And there was the young man who came into the store. All these things work together to put a face on the flooding in Queensland. DavidM pointed out on Scotty's blog that three quarters of Queensland is affected and that that area encompasses a half million square miles.
It amazes me that just a couple years ago, BB's stories were about the terrible drought they were in the midst of. Just last summer (their summer is our winter), she was covering the dust storms that stripped away tons of top soil. And now the flooding. Looking back, I see that she's been covering the flooding since before Christmas, and the rain just never stopped.
There are the people who have been affected in the most horrible ways. Lives have been lost. Homes destroyed. That toll is great enough. However, there are also those as yet uncounted numbers who are being indirectly affected. Bush Babe talks about the food shortages, about trucks being able to get through. Her local store is completely out of milk. Jeanie talked about no bread at hers. And I read about these things and the one thing that I know for sure is that this is just beginning. Those shortages will only get worse. It will take weeks to sort out the damage and get everything up and running properly again. This is a widespread disruption in the lives of millions.
I pray for everyone there. Stop over and share some love with these folks. If you are interested in donating, Bush Babe also has a link to Queensland's national relief agency.