Wednesday, March 22, 2006


Troops Help 7,000 Displaced by Cyclone

`Troops began delivering aid Tuesday to an estimated 7,000 people who lost their homes to the cyclone that battered Australia’s northeastern coast.

No one was killed when Category 5 Cyclone Larry came ashore near Innisfail early Monday, and only minor injuries were reported. But the storm flooded streets, tore roofs off homes and flattened sugar and banana plantations.

“There most certainly would be around 7,000 people that are effectively homeless,” federal lawmaker Bob Katter told The Associated Press. “They’re sitting in four walls but no roof.”‘

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