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Article from today's Guardian about how the victims are coping
https://www.theguardian.com/austral...-bushfire-towns-supplies-power-houses-the-lotAustralia's bushfire towns battle on, despite what they have lost: supplies, power, houses, 'the lot'
Evacuees and residents in Victoria band together to help one another, while cut-off NSW communities struggle to reconnect to the world outside
Wed 1 Jan 2020 06.37 GMTLast modified on Wed 1 Jan 2020 06.59 GMT
Donations began arriving at Lucknow Memorial Hall, on the outskirts of Bairnsdale, at 1pm on Tuesday. Within 24 hours a second donation point had been set up at Lucknow primary school, because the hall was full.
Clothes are stacked on three trestle tables in the centre of the hall, blankets are lined up on the floor, and food – staples such as cereal and long-life milk – are against one long wall.
“This is all social media,” Wendy McPhan says. She made a Facebook post on Tuesday inquiring if there was anything she could do locally to help victims of the devastating bushfires, that have destroyed more than 200 homes and are still burning out of control in East Gippsland and southern NSW. Suddenly she had donations arriving from Melbourne, 280km away.
On the heels of the donations came those who had lost everything, but were reluctant to say they needed help. People are proud in Gippsland, McPhan says.
“We had a couple with three kids here, and he [the father] started crying,” she says. “I said, ‘here’s a $300 voucher for Woolies,’ and he said ‘no, I can’t take that, there’s people worse off.’