Black Saturday Bushfire

INFORMATION ON THE BLACK SATURDAY BUSH FIRE

Type disasters - Bushfire

Name of disasters - Black saturday

Date-7 February 2009

Location- Victoria australia



COST OF THE DISASTER

- 173 deaths

- 2,030 houses and more than 3,500 structures destroyed

-The fires affected 78 townships and displaced an estimated 7,562 people

- Estimated cost of damage $4.4 million dollars



RESCUE AND RECOVERY OPERATIONS

- There was a hall where everyone could stay and have shelter and food.

- 72 per cent of people had rebuilt or purchased new properties in other locations or started the rebuilding process.

-Another 17 per cent intended to rebuild but hadn't started the process yet and 8 per cent - many of them elderly people

- Many had decided not to rebuild.

- About 4 per cent were undecided.

-Slow road to recovery



STEPS TO REDUCE FIRE RISKS

1) Increase awareness of the common causes of fires in the home


2) Increase understanding of the ways of preventing and dealing with fire emergencies


3) Encourage people to become better prepared to deal with a house fire


TECHNOLOGY TO HELP MONITOR THE AREA FOR FUTURE SIMILAR EVENTS

- MODIS (or Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) will measure the intensities of fires and will therefore enable them to detect active fires, accurately estimate rates of combustion, as well as the amounts of emission products—such as smoke, greenhouse gases, and aerosol particles.


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