Australia has been hit very hard recently with a cyclone that has done unimaginable damage. Landfall of the Storm was recorded as a category 4 and decreased but still risked lives and property of many.
The prime minister made a statement about the damage earlier. He claims that aid is on the way.
According to the article, multiple thousand residents were urged to evacuate the city, while being told that authorities don’t know when the cyclone would calm.
A massive category 5 cyclone bringing with it 168 mph winds tore through the tiny south Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu on Saturday. Vanuatu, which is located about a quarter of the way from Australia to Hawaii has a population of 267,000 spread over 65 islands, and about 47,000 live in the capital, Port Villa. The cyclone, which hit the Islands on March 14, 2015, killed a confirmed number of 8 people. The death told is expected to rise as more deaths are confirmed. Because of communication being down it is still unconfirmed how much damages the surrounding outer islands suffered. But Chloe Morrison, a World Vision emergency communications officer in Port Villa say that it is estimated that entire villages were destroyed in the cyclone. Because communication is still down it is hard to access the damage. UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon expressed hope that “the loss of life will be minimal” yet admitted he feared the damage and destruction could be widespread. The president of Vanuatu, Baldwin Lonsdale, attended the UN conference and announced to those there, “I stand to appeal on behalf of the government and the people to give a helping hand in this disaster.” On Saturday, New Zealand pledged $734,000 to help with relief efforts and Australia was preparing to send a critical response team if necessary, according to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
Associated Press. “Cyclone Kills at least 8 in Pacific Nation of Vanuatu” Richmond Times Dispatch. (Richmond) 15 March 2015: Print.
A tropical cyclone hit the Australian coast bringing with it winds of up to 200 kilometers an hour. The strong winds ” The cyclone made landfall near Queensland’s Whitsunday islands damaging buildings, washing yachts ashore, downed trees, ripped air-conditioning units from the wall and cutting power to thousands of homes. Officials have stated that there were no deaths or serious injury caused directly due to the landfall of the cyclone. However, earlier in the weekend, a surfer competing in the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships in Queensland died after he was knocked unconscious and disappeared in wild surf whipped up by the cyclone.
Hundreds of tourists and residents were evacuated from islands on the Great Barrier Reef, while dozens of popular tourist beaches were shut due to dangerous surf conditions.
“We are characterizing it as a significant event with severe damage in some pockets, but not a catastrophic event,” One official was quoted as saying.
The Bureau of Meteorology said the storm, since downgraded to a rain depression, was now below cyclone strength after weakening rapidly after hitting land.