Cyclone Debbie triggers floods in Australia

Heavy rain left large areas of Queensland, Australia, including this Gold Coast suburb of Robina, submerged in floodwaters yesterday, as Cyclone Debbie swept down the coast. The cyclone hit as a Category Four storm in the north of Australia's tropica
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Heavy rain left large areas of Queensland, Australia, including this Gold Coast suburb of Robina, submerged in floodwaters yesterday, as Cyclone Debbie swept down the coast.

The cyclone hit as a Category Four storm in the north of Australia's tropical Queensland state on Tuesday, smashing tourist resorts, bringing down power lines, flattening canefields and shutting down coal mines.

Hundreds of holidaymakers stranded on resort islands in the storm's path were taken by military helicopters, ferries and planes to the mainland, where tens of thousands more people were left without power.

Resorts along the famous Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday coast bore the brunt of the storm with wind gusts stronger than 260kmh.

One woman tourist was killed in a car crash on Monday that police said was due to wild weather as the cyclone approached.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 31, 2017, with the headline 'Cyclone Debbie triggers floods in Australia'. Print Edition | Subscribe