Cyclone Larry

Laurie asked about cyclone Larry. Larry hit or larried the northern east coast of Australia affecting the regions of Cairns, Townsville as well as many inland towns of northern Queensland. The cyclone devastated the farming regions that produce most of the country’s bananas as well as sugar cane.

Within hours of the cyclone hitting land, the Queensland state emergency service (SES) as well as the police and military began their rescue work of providing emergency supplies, shelter and cleaning up the mess. So far, most people have had some sort of shelter and food. The frustrations only set in later with the slowness of the clean up operations, which was hampered by the subsequent rain brought on by Larry.

As far as the rest of us can tell, from the media coverage on television and in the papers, the Queensland state government has everything under control. It seems the people were more worried and upset over the lost of the homes and their crops.

The Australian Red Cross and The Salvation Army of Australia have already activated their emergency services for that region and are already onhand to aid the residents there. For those who might want to help, they are accepting donations.

I heard that many tourists were also affected. Some, are helping out in the relieve effect; tending to the BBQs to feed the residents.

I did hear that there are three more cyclones circling near the northern and eastern coast of Queensland. So, we are just waiting to see the end of the cyclones and hoping for the best possible outcomes.

3 Comments so far

  1. Laurie (unregistered) on March 25th, 2006 @ 11:21 am

    Thanks for updating me.

    Not as easy as it looks, imagine 350,000 homes that look

    like that under water for a month.

    Plant life is the first thing to come back, as

    long as those bananas have root systems.

    I would like to know if Larry took out a substanial

    amount of the bunny and cane toad population?

    Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!

    Laurie


  2. wei (unregistered) on March 28th, 2006 @ 5:00 pm

    Hello!

    I’m interested in the recovery of the local community in Northern Queensland after Cyclone Larry. So I put up a blog dedicated to all news and commentary about Larry. I am particularly interested in the revitalisation of the local economy, how the local people feel about Federal decisions that affect their livelihoods, attitudes and reflections to the reconstruction effort, and the stories, anecdotes and narratives that make up life after Larry.

    I’d really like the blog to become a space for local people to chat about the Cyclone and how it’s impacted on their lives.

    http://cyclone-larry.blogspot.com

    Please tell me what me think


  3. Laurie (unregistered) on March 29th, 2006 @ 11:24 am

    Thanks Wei,

    Try metroblogging New Orlean’s archive August 2005 to start.

    Laurie



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