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Western Australia was swept away by Hurricane Seroja

Western Australia was swept away by Hurricane Seroja

Emergency services said two cities in the far west of Australia were affected by rain and high winds on Monday from Hurricane Zoroza, which killed more than 200 people last week in East Timor and Indonesia.

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Significant damage was reported in the area not used for tropical storms, in Calbury, which has a population of 1,500, and Northampton, which has a population of less than 1,000.

The wind was blowing at 170km / h with the Xeroja.

Authorities estimate that 70% of the buildings in Calbury, about 670 km north of Perth, were damaged.

Local media broadcast pictures of houses with torn roofs and rubbish dumping on the streets.

In Northampton, emergency services in the state of Western Australia also reported “significant damage”.

“Teams are assessing the damage and it is always dangerous to go outside,” a spokesman told AFP, who said no immediate injuries were reported.

Hurricane Seroja was a Type 3 storm that caused landslides on Sunday evening. It lost intensity as it progressed on the field.

For some affected areas, it was the first hurricane since 1956, according to the Meteorological Agency.

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