Australia is trying to evacuate 300 people isolated by cyclone flooding

Australian authorities are trying to evacuate this Tuesday about 300 residents of Wujal Wujal (Queensland, Northeast Australia) who have been isolated for days by the flooding caused by Cyclone Jasper, which made landfall near this indigenous community last Wednesday.

Emergency services from the Australian state of Queensland today managed to reach Wujal Wujal, about 166 kilometers from the tourist city of Cairns, after the operation was canceled the day before due to torrential rains that fell in this remote community, where they issued warnings of crocodile sightings .

Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Chelepy today told Australian public broadcaster ABC that the priority is to evacuate the elderly and most vulnerable residents of Wujal Wujal as quickly as possible to Cooktown, about 72 kilometers north of here. community.

“We know that we may only have (drinking) water for a day in that city, which has suffered from the impact (on the supply) of food, energy and water in general,” Chelepy explained in justifying the mass evacuation in Wujal. where many houses have been destroyed by floods.

Similarly, Australian authorities are trying to gain air access to other remote communities such as Degarra and Bloomfeild, which have also been hit by heavy rains that have caused flooding and landslides.

Similarly, in Cairns – the most populous city in far north Queensland and one of the main entry points to the Great Barrier Reef – flights at the airport resumed today after debris was cleared from the runway.

On Tuesday, soldiers continued to assist evacuations with boats, while the company responsible for electrical service worked against the clock to restore power to 2,000 people.

The Meteorological Service said today that heavy rain – which has destroyed large stretches of roads and isolated several towns – will ease in far north Queensland, where the Australian government had deployed about 150 soldiers the day before to help with the tasks. to rescue.

This catastrophe arose after the passage of Cyclone Jasper, which made landfall last Wednesday with category 2 near Wujal Wujal, and lost strength as soon as it passed over Australian territory, becoming a storm that caused extensive damage in the northeast. from the country.

Although powerful cyclones are not common in Australia, they do hit the oceanic country’s north from time to time, such as the fifth Cyclone Yasi, which devastated the northeastern state of Queensland in February 2011, killing one person and causing significant damage .

Source: El heraldo