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DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Military mobilises to help cyclone-ravaged Australian region
By Daniel DE CARTERET
Ayr, Australia (AFP) March 29, 2017


Towns remained cut off in northern Australia Wednesday after being pummelled by a powerful cyclone that washed battered yachts ashore and ripped roofs off houses, as the military mobilised to help with the clean-up.

The category four Cyclone Debbie slammed into the coast of Queensland state between Bowen and Airlie Beach on Tuesday afternoon, packing destructive winds and devastating some of the region's tourist hotspots.

"It was the vibration and the hum, it was jaw-dropping, body-rocking and eyeball-popping. It was immense," Lachlan Queenan, who was sheltering in his Airlie Beach home, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Debbie has since been downgraded to a tropical low but the Bureau of Meteorology still warned of damaging wind gusts with "intense" rain, sparking flooding fears as river levels rise.

"This rainfall is likely to lead to major river flooding over a broad area this week," it said.

Some areas have been drenched in "a phenomenal" 1,000 millimetres (39 inches) of rain in just 48 hours -- the equivalent of half a year's worth, according to the weather bureau.

Roads to the towns of Bowen, Airlie Beach and Proserpine were inaccessible, with more than 60,000 homes without power and communications down in many areas. But no deaths were reported and only one significant injury -- a man crushed by a collapsing wall.

Emergency crews began assessing the damage but blocked roads and flash flooding hampered efforts, as soldiers, military helicopters and planes started deploying to help restore infrastructure and supply emergency food, water and fuel.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk flew by helicopter to Bowen, which bore much of the brunt, and said mass evacuations helped save lives.

Tens of thousands moved to higher ground or cyclone shelters or left the region before Cyclone Debbie made landfall.

"Thankfully the extent of the damage here is not as widespread as we first anticipated," she said, but added after visiting Proserpine that a huge recovery effort was needed.

"Damage to homes. Damage to schools. Damage to shops, fences that are down. This is going to be a big effort. We have trees down on roads, we have power lines down," she told the ABC.

"Around Proserpine itself, it was like a town that was surrounded by a sea of water. They have never seen so much water in their life."

- 'Worst 24 hours' -

Dawn broke on scenes of devastation.

Pictures posted on social media showed a light plane flipped upside down, yachts washed ashore, power poles down and trees fallen on houses.

Whitsunday Regional Council mayor Andrew Willcox described Bowen as "like a war zone".

"This beautiful seaside town is now half-wrecked but we will rebuild," he told Channel Nine television.

In the mining town of Collinsville, residents said the storm was emotionally draining, with winds raging for hours as they cowered inside.

Wind gusts of up to 270 kph (167 miles) were reported near Debbie's broad core.

On a brighter note, a baby girl was born at an ambulance station on the Whitsunday islands as the storm raged outside.

"You know, out of all of this, to see a little miracle, I think brings a smile to a lot of faces," said Palaszczuk.

- Debbie 'a catastrophe' -

Great Barrier Reef islands popular with foreign tourists were among the worst hit.

Daydream Island Resort said it sustained significant damage, including to its jetty and accommodation wings.

"Conditions were extreme with heavy rainfall and strong wind gusts causing damage to the resort and surrounds," it said in a statement, adding that all guests had been accounted for but fresh water was running out.

Having lived through cyclones before, many people were prepared and boarded up homes after being warned to expect the worst weather in the state since Cyclone Yasi in 2011, which ripped houses from their foundations and devastated crops.

Yasi, which struck less populated areas, caused damage estimated at Aus$1.4 billion. Debbie has officially been declared a catastrophe by the Insurance Council of Australia, allowing claims from the disaster to be prioritised.

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What's the difference between birds that get killed by cars, and those that don't? The dead ones tend to have smaller brains, scientists who performed 3,521 avian autopsies said Wednesday. What might be called the "bird brain rule" applies to different species, depending on the ratio of grey matter to body mass, they reported in the journal Royal Society Open Science. Crows, for exa ... read more

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