Yasi Victims Assured By Prime Minister Of AustraliaFebruary 3rd, 2011 - 7:26 pm ICT by GD
By Ranjan Bhaduri
Feb 3, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Julia Gillard the Australian Prime Minister said today that the federal government will compensate for the damage caused by powerful cyclone Yasi. The category 5 storm is said to be the worst one to lash Queensland in almost a century. Queens;land was also devastated by floods in recent times and the PM said that her government will not deduct from the A$5.6 billion meant for flood compensation. She added that the amount required for rebuilding after the mess created by the cyclone would come from the budget. As of now Yasi has not caused any casualty but some parts of Queensland are still not out of danger. The weather experts have warned that it was in 1918 that such a powerful storm had hit Queensland.
The PM announced that Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payments would be given to the residents who live in the areas ravaged by the tropical storm. The government is now busy in opening Centrelink offices to ensure that emergency payments are made as fast as possible. The residents can heave a sigh of relief as the Prime Minister has said that the citizens qualifying for the cyclone compensation will get exempted from flood levy. The PM said “We will have to assess the damage from the cyclone and we will meet that damages bill from the federal budget”.
She assured that the residents of Queensland whose homes have been ravaged by the storm and flood will get back their homes. She also made it clear that her government may have to adopt some stringent saving measures in the coming days.
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