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Pummeled by Tropical Cyclone Seroja, WA’s Kalbarri now looks like a ‘war zone’

The famous West Australian tourist spot of Kalbarri looks more like a “war zone” after being pummelled by Tropical Cyclone Seroja, Premier Mark McGowan says.

On Tuesday, the premier flew into the town and said the devastation was readily visible from the air, with buildings, businesses and farms damaged and power poles snapped off, some halfway up.

“It shows the enormous power of the cyclone,” Mr. McGowan said.

“This was the one in 50-year event, a great cyclone which caused massive amounts of damage throughout this community and throughout this region.

“We are very fortunate that in the course of this cyclone, there was no serious injury or death.”

Up to 70 percent of the properties in Kalbarri, 580 kilometers north of Perth, are thought to have been damaged by the cyclone, which hit late on Sunday as a category three storm with winds up to 170km/h.

It has since been downgraded and has moved offshore from WA’s south coast.

Evacuation centers are open in Shark Bay, Dongara, and Geraldton, and army reservists assist State Emergency Service volunteers.

The Australian Defence Force will provide a C-130J Hercules aircraft for medical evacuations and transport emergency workers and supplies.

Mr. McGowan said power was still to be restored to about 29,000 properties across the mid-west, and the Gascoine and the clean-up from the cyclone would take a “massive effort”.

But he said the region’s people were highly resilient and dealt with the disaster in good spirits.

“Clearly, it has been a challenging and devastating experience for many people,” he said.

“Obviously, the reconstruction will take some time; we will work with the commonwealth government, the local government, the emergency funding that will need to be provided to restore particular public assets.

I ask people to be patient; it will take some time, the devastation is quite extraordinary.

Tourists have been asked to steer clear of the area where the combined state and federal disaster relief is expected to exceed the $18 million spent on the Wooroloo bushfires, which destroyed 86 homes northeast of Perth in February.

Molly Aronson

Molly Aronson is a 26-year-old government politician who enjoys bowling, running and jigsaw puzzles. She is creative and exciting, but can also be very greedy and a bit greedy.She is an australian Christian who defines herself as straight. She has a post-graduate degree in philosophy, politics and economics. She is allergic to grasshoppers.

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