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700 people stranded in Northern Australia due to storm

700 people stranded in Northern Australia due to storm

AFP | Created on 03/19/2024 at 3:47 pm | Updated on 03/19/2024 at 3:47 pm.

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The town of Borroola is located 700 kilometers south-east of Darwin. Photo by DR

About 700 people were stranded in the northern regions last Tuesday after the tropical cyclone cut off communication with the rest of the country.

Residents of the small community of Borrolula take shelter from a Category 3 cyclone that hit Australia's Northern Territories on Monday afternoon. Cyclone Megan lashed the region with heavy rains and gusty winds of 170-200 kmph, the Meteorological Department said.

Bad weather prevents evacuation

The Australian military tried to evacuate them but weather conditions on Monday prevented the plane from landing. “Bad weather prevented evacuations yesterday, but we expect more deployments to take place today.”Minister for Emergencies Murray Watt announced.

Tropical Cyclone Megan was downgraded to a tropical depression after it passed, but heavy rain continued as the storm moved inland.

A cyclone hit Boroola on Monday afternoon. Photo by DR

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