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:new: ginkgografix is taking commissions for journal/gallery CSS to help raise funds. See this journal for details :heart:

:new: scrii has put up an art auction @ qldfloodauction here. Her journal about that is here.

:new: shelldevil has started a fundraiser to support the victims of the floods. She's offering to sell great stock packs, and at a cheap price too.  So spare a few dollars to help out :heart: Check her journal for more information.

:new: More about the floods in Queensland, Australia by moviegirl78

I'm passing on an update from Mothergoose19, which I found in DarrenClarke's journal. I've read it several times already, and each time that I do, it gives me the chills and makes me want to cry.
I've also included an update on the situation in Australia, particularly in Queensland, but also a little bit on the flooding and landslides in Brazil and Colombia, the flooding in the Philippines and now in Sri Lanka also..


:star: The Queensland Premier has set up a Premier's Flood Relief Appeal. :star:
If you can, please donate to help the millions of people that have been affected.

:star: St Vincent de Paul Society is also holding a Flood Appeal. To make an online donation, follow this link.



Hotlines


:bulletblue: If you need assistance or advice on flood, cyclones, bushfires, etc. call the SES on 132 500.

:bulletblue: A telephone hotline - 1300 993 191 - has been set up for people seeking information on friends and relatives caught up in the floods.

:bulletblue: If you have been affected by the flood crisis, whether directly, or indirectly and you want to speak to someone and get some support, call Lifeline on 131 114.

:bulletblue: There is also a Community Recovery Hotline for Queenslanders experiencing personal hardship due to the flooding, on 1800 173 349.

:bulletblue: For 24 hour information on road closures in Queensland, call RACQ road closure line on 1300 130 595.


Websites


:bulletblue: Keep an eye on the Bureau of Meteorology website for up to date weather information, particularly the National Warnings page.  

:bulletblue: BOM also has a National Flood Warning Map found here.


An update from Mothergoose19, which can also be found here.

"At Home we were lucky the water only came up to the end of our street. Some other people in Caboolture had to be evacuated, we were and are okay as we are on the highest ground in the area and if it came up that high we always had the roof to go sit on. Not a prospect I was looking forward to I tell you. A mountain goat I am not.

Now some of the water has receded the smell is so bad ,mud and silt petrol and who knows what else was in that water (some snakes had decided that our area will be their new home, not happy about that, but that is parcel of floods creepy crawly things. WE have high winds at the moment which is blowing all the dust and smell around and I am not complaining rather that, than a soggy wet mess to clean up.

Out television has had a great work out recently it has been on 48hrs straight watching all the latest updates on the flooding and it is scenes from a Disaster Movie. Today we are not watching anything as we are all feeling a little overwhelmed by the enormity of the whole thing.

SES Army and Police are in Grantham at the moment on a search and recovery mission .The death toll there will be unbelievable so many people missing. Every house that has a yellow ribbon on it has a deceased person in it. And when they went through there yesterday every second house had a yellow ribbon.

Anyone wanting to donate money( Every dollar helps) please only do so to the PREMIERS FUND on the Queensland Government website or at any Bank in Australia . As all funds are going to the people affected to rebuild their homes and lives. (being a Govt donation poll they are accountable for where the money goes)

Not all of the Money donated to Charity organizations actually goes to the people directly,we have had experiences here in Queensland before with the bush fires and many people did not get anything.

Touching base to let you know we are safe and sound my friend. Hope your family is okay still."


I keep reading the news, and each time that I see even the title of another article on the disasters, I get the chills and tears well up in my eyes. Reading the articles makes me want to cry even more, and seeing the pictures of the tragedies is simply heart-breaking.

It seems that Australia is not the only country experiencing major climate chaos. I already said that in the update yesterday, but I want to reiterate that now. Firstly though, some news about the situation at home.

The floodwaters in Brisbane are finally receding, but the toll of the disaster is massive. At least 19 people have lost their lives, at least 55 people are missing (and there are fears that they may not be found) and thousands more have been displaced. At least 30,000 properties in the city have been swamped. If that wasn't enough, there remains a threat from snakes in flood hit regions across Australia, and in and around Brisbane, bull sharks have been spotted in flood affected streets.

The estimates for the cost of cleanup throughout the flood hit regions exceeds 15 billion Australian dollars (US$14.9 billion). (High) Estimates put the flooding damage at a cost of about 1% of Australia's total gross domestic product. To put that in perspective for you, the damage dealt by 2005's Hurricane Katrina cost 0.65% of U.S. GDP in 2005.

Brazil

In the flooding in Brazil, more than 500 people are dead, and thousands more in peril as they face the risk of being washed away by the heavy rains and floods.

The Philippines

The death toll in the Philippines has now risen to 42, with an estimated 400,000 people displaced and more than one million affected by the sustained downpour.

Colombia

In Colombia months of heavy rain have caused widespread flooding, killing at least 312 people in the worst natural disaster in the country's history. Hundreds of thousands are homeless and some 2.2m have suffered damage to their homes or property. Many main roads are in ruins, bridges and dykes have collapsed and some of the country's most productive agricultural areas have become marshland. The government reckons that aiding the victims and rebuilding will cost about $6.6 billion.

There is an Oxfam flood appeal to raise money for emergency relief work in Columbia.

Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, the flood toll has risen to 27, with 12 people listed missing. More than 300,000 people have been forced out of their homes, and more than 1 million people had been affected by the rains, with 325,000 made homeless.

In these difficult times, we should keep our thoughts and prayers with the people who are directly being affected by these natural disasters. Stay safe everyone. Our thoughts are with you.


Also, if anyone can find links to flood appeals for any of the above mentioned disasters, please let me know.

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dA Links

[DarrenClarke's journal] :bulletblue: Queensland Floods
[moviegirl78's journal] Queensland Floods...
[dA News] :bulletblue: About the Flood Crisis in Queensland, Australia
[dA News] :bulletblue: Flooding in Australia: How you can help.
[Aus-Art blog] :bulletblue: QLD Declared a State Wide Disaster Zone
[Aus-Art blog] :bulletblue: Queensland Floods.
[Brisburnians blog] :bulletblue: Queensland Floods





An Update:
Fri Jan 14, 2011, 1:33 AM

The death toll in Queensland now stands at 15, and dozens of people are still missing. Although the flood levels in Brisbane are lower than predicted, more than 15,000 homes and businesses are damaged and 120,000 without power.
At Ipswich, to the south-west of Brisbane, flood levels are falling strongly, to below 18 metres around 3am today, following a peak of 20.5m yesterday. River levels will continue falling during Thursday, to below the major flood level.

Photos of the flooding


In the meantime, flooding and landslides in Brazil have killed over 250 people, while the flood toll in the Philippines has just reached 40.
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Shamziel Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
I will keep a close watch at places like GlobalGiving.org. I want to help you.
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hiddendelights Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
:nod: Awesome! :heart:
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Shamziel Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
I'm sorry it took so long to get back to you. Here are some links:

Donations for Sri Lanka through Oxfam International: [link]

Donations for Brazil through Waves for Water: [link]

Donations for the Philippines through several charities: [link]

I hope this helps.
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011   Traditional Artist
Knowledge is power. So important to keep all these people in our thoughts and help out any way we can :hug:
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hiddendelights Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
:hug:
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moviegirl78 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
Hi there :huggle:

Your journal has been featured in the More about the floods in Queensland, Australia news article.

Please be sure to fave the article as the more people that see it, the higher potential there is for volunteers and donations. Also, feel free to drop by some of the other artists featured in this article and give them a hug - I'm sure they would appreciate it! :huggle:
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hiddendelights Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
:heart:
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Minka-Yumi Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
It's so sad when you hear the heartbraking stories from people that have lost loved ones. There's flood warnings in Tasmania as well..:huggle::heart: Are the sharks coming into the streets now??
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hiddendelights Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
:( Yeah

Yup, there's also flood warnings in NSW and Victoria. It seems that at the moment, Victoria is getting a lot of the flooding (according to BOM's Rainfall map, anyway). I hope that you're staying safe! :heart: :hug:

Yeah, they are -- in Brisbane and around there. :( Apparently they are sometimes in the Brisbane River, and with the flooding and all, they've swam over and into the streets somehow.
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Minka-Yumi Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
I think its this side of Australia thats getting all the flooding :( That's bad, I hope they can move them back out to the river..
Here at the moment some farms have been getting it bad and some towns roads have been broken so their isolated at the moment :(:huggle::heart: I hope Victoria doesn't get it really bad next..Stay safe!:hug:
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