Cyclone ‘Debbie’ hits Northeast Australia led to power cut-offs in 65,000 houses
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 29-Mar-2017

Townsville, March 29: A powerful cyclone has hit the north-east Australia damaging buildings, uprooting trees, lashing strong winds, cutting power etc. A monster cyclone ‘Debbie’ has caused massive damage and will continue to last for few more hours.

The effects of Cyclone Debbie was captured by International Space Station.

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Residents of Australia’s cyclone-battered tropical northeast on Wednesday. Cyclone Debbie, which slammed into the coast of Queensland state on Tuesday with winds up to 160 miles an hour.

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Australia’s military sent vehicles, aircraft and supplies to the region, and clean-up efforts were initiated. Around 60,000 houses were without power, and several communities remained isolated with no access to communications. Emergency workers were trying to reach those areas to ensure residents were safe, Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said.

“Nature has flung her worst at the people of north Queensland,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters. “It is now our job to make sure that every agency pulls together to provide support to the people of north Queensland who have had a very tough day and night.” PM Malcolm Turnbull said that he was aware of one death so far. "Conditions have deteriorated rapidly," he told parliament. "Take care and stay safe. Be prepared to shelter in place until Wednesday."

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Proserpine was one of the worst-hit areas, along with the resort town of Airlie Beach and the town of Bowen. There was also serious damage to resorts on the idyllic Whitsunday Islands, a popular tourist destination, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said. Around 200 people vacationing on Daydream Island were awaiting evacuation, and water supplies were running low.

“There would be nothing more tragic than waking up and seeing walls that have come in from your houses, roofs that have gone off, and debris that is lying across your roads,” Palaszczuk told reporters.

Farmer Bill Atkinson, who lives 15 miles from Airlie Beach, said the storm had battered his property, tearing roofs off sheds, knocking down trees and partially destroying his sugarcane. “It’s going to be sad. It hasn’t done (the crop) any favors,” he said. “The cane is bent over, the tops are cracked off.”