segunda-feira, março 20, 2006

Cyclone Larry shreds Australian

Australia cyclone 'like atom bomb'

Power outages, injuries reported along northeast coast

Cyclone Larry shreds Australian coast

The worst storm to hit Australia in decades has wreaked havoc to its northeastern coast, mowing down sugar and banana crops and leaving thousands of people homeless.

There were no reports on Monday of serious injuries, reflecting the preparedness of residents in the storm-prone region.

About 30 people were treated at hospitals for minor injuries, Ben Creagh, a spokesman for Queensland state Department of Emergency Services, told The Associated Press. Many people had left their homes to shelter in evacuation centers ahead of the storm. (Watch for what Larry shredded and the tear-choked victims.

In Innisfail, a town of 8,500 that was hardest hit, Mayor Neil Clarke said he believed thousands were left homeless.

He said the airport was being cleared to house people in tents. More than 100,000 people were without power, authorities said.

"It looks like an atomic bomb hit the place," he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation."

Source: CNN

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