Cyclone Yasi Strikes Australia’s Queensland, No Casualties Reported

February 3rd, 2011 - 7:22 pm ICT by GD  

By Meena Kar
hanFeb 3, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The state of Queensland was hit by a massive category 5 cyclone, Cyclone Yasi, on Thursday which caused widespread destruction in regions across the state. Although the cyclone, which is has been recorded to be one of the most powerful storms to ever strike the nation, has been successful in destroying houses while also disrupting power lines, reports of any deaths due to the unfavorable weather condition has not been reported as yet. With the Australian authorities issuing warnings days ahead, no lives were claimed by the cyclone as large number of people were evacuated to safer locations across the state.

After Cyclone Yasi gained momentum with packing winds of up to 300 kilometers per hour on Thursday morning, hundreds of houses across Queensland have been damaged while many other houses have been rendered barely liveable, authorities have revealed. As predicted by the weather officials, Cyclone Yasi gained extensive amount of force up to 170 miles per hour at its epi-center, snapping off the power lines while uprooting trees and houses that came along its path. While divulging details of the extent of damage caused by the natural calamity, Queensland premier Anna Bligh told reporters that the storm has already rendered several thousand people homeless while the officials are trying their best to provide relief to those who have been worse affected by the cyclone.

The Queensland state premier also went on to add that Red Cross Australia as well as local government are attempting to register the maximum number of people affected by the unfavorable weather conditions while finding centers to provide them shelter.

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