/ 16 April 2021

Cyclone Seroja leaves a hefty bill

As Western Australia’s mid-west coastal region picks up the pieces after Cyclone Seroja trashed the joint, a clearer picture is emerging of the damage caused by the once-in-50-years storm. The devastation inflicted on Kalbarri and the surrounding area is yet to be fully assessed, but authorities have so far confirmed at least 170 properties had been destroyed or severely damaged, with 491 more affected. The disaster is an “insurance catastrophe”, and yesterday Premier Mark McGowan confirmed disaster recovery funding is flowing. Hundreds of emergency services personnel, Army Reserves and volunteers have been sent to the region to assist in the massive cleanup effort, which is expected to take months. This photo gallery shows just some of what locals are facing up to.

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