Cyclone Yasi, 3 Months Later

It was early May that we visited the area in Queensland (Australia) that was struck by the cyclone Yasi on February 3. Although it is clear that a lot of damage repair is well underway, one can still observe the enormous impact that the wind, associated tidal waves and torrential rain has had. In Tully Heads and Cardwell, the villages that we visited, all the houses along the shore have been partially or completely destroyed. Whole forests have been turned upside down, leaving large areas with tree trunks that have no branches or leaves. It is a wonder that nobody was killed by Yasi’s destructive powers, but the people are still suffering. Local businesses are having hard times since tourists stay away and insurance companies have not yet paid for most of the damages. However, the business that is thriving is construction. Construction workers have come from great distances to help to repair or replace roads, houses etc. Many of the people that stayed or came new to the area build their future on the assumption that this is only going to happen in another 150 years.

Photo: Remnants of a house that was struck by the cyclone Yasi (Cardwell, Queensland, Australia), by Barend Jan de Jong (Leica M9, Summicron 90mm).

Photo: Remnants of a house that was struck by the cyclone Yasi (Cardwell, Queensland, Australia), by Barend Jan de Jong (Leica M9, Summicron 90mm).