I was just listening to a reporter on the radio explaining the monumental destruction caused by the biggest cyclone ever recorded in Australia. She could barely keep the tremor from her voice as she tried to paint a picture for those of us standing at the sink washing the dishes or going about other business, far away from all the pain. I don't think you need pictures to help you imagine some of these images.
- the torrential rain is so heavy you can't open your eyes. 500mm in 1 day
- in places, the wind gusts reached 300km/hour
- people are 4 wheel driving through the main street of one town as the road is missing
- the beach is inside dozens of homes and the furniture has been swept away
- dozens of large sailing and motor boats are piled up on the deck of a house
- trees 1m across were tossed aside
- 4,000 army personnel are on their way, by ship and helicopter
- 2,000 tons of food is arriving by ship tomorrow as the roads are closed because most of them no longer exist
- overwhelming destruction
- One 22 year old died because he had a generator going, in the lounge room. Poor lad.... he just didn't know.
- no electricity, water, food, shelter, sewerage in many areas
- thousands of people have nowhere to go, nothing to eat and no home to go back to, but can't get out and no-one can get in yet
- 2,000 people slept in a shopping mall
- flash flooding is now heading west and south
- Victoria is being flooded again
All of this on top of the worst floods ever recorded. It is hard to go about your day, knowing your fellow Australians are suffering so much.