1 Jul 2009

More than $3 million given by NZ to bush fire appeal

8:02 am on 1 July 2009

An appeal by the New Zealand Red Cross for those affected by the Victorian bushfires has totalled more than $3 million.

$2 million was handed over to the bushfire appeal fund the month after the fires in February and a further $1.3 million has now been contributed.

Some 173 people are confirmed to have died in the fires - mostly on 7 February. About 500 were injured.

The Red Cross says the money is being used to rebuild homes.