Victoria has experienced the worst bushfires in Australian history.
The final death toll of the devastating "Hell on Earth" bushfires could be well above 200, according to reports of government crisis meetings.
With the official toll standing at 131, the fires are already the worst natural disaster to ever befall Australians.
Some of the fires are still burning, threatening the Glenhope area north of Melbourne and the towns of Beechworth and Yackandandah in the northeast.
The Victorian government has been briefed to expect a final death toll close to 230, according to a report in The Australian.
By ninemsn staff and AAP
Thank you everyone for your concern and messages...
the fires are in Victoria ....south of NSW (where I live)
...there have been 3 major bushfires in NSW with one on the Central Coast
fortunately these fires in NSW have not caused any deaths...
my thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones and the hundreds of people who have lost their homes..
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10 February 2009 Labels: 2009, Victorian Bushfire Tragedy - February
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