This is a devastating time for many Australians. And the end is not yet in sight.
The worst of the horrors to have emerged is the belief, almost a certainty, that an arsonist is responsible for much of the terror in Victoria. One hour ago, a radio news bulletin put the death toll at 173.
Switchboards and websites of charity organisations are being jammed as ordinary , decent people donate whatever they can.
Flooding in the North has eased a little, but damage is estimated in the millions and the full extent will not be known for some time.
Pictures from ABC News
Perhaps I should leave you with a happier picture…
I’m off to mop up some more puddles…