The scenes from Brisbane are terrible – I can’t imagine dealing with something like that, and it is tragic that lives have been lost.  However, I have full confidence in the abilities of the Australian government and Australian society to support people who may have lost everything in the wake of this disaster.

But spare a thought for the flood victims in Brazil: more than 250 people have been killed, and I suspect that the infrastructure there will be slightly less efficient when it comes to dealing with the aftermath.

In the UK the TV news coverage has featured the Brisbane floods extensively and has not covered the situation in Brazil in any great detail.  I hope that this is because of the easy availability of footage from Australia, and not evidence of a Western news bias…

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