The outpouring of support in response to ex-Tropical Cyclone Seroja has been immense, with almost $3 million already raised for survivors of the catastrophic storm.
Thousands of claims have been submitted in the wake of Sunday’s devastation, as authorities prepare for a total clean-up bill that could top $200 million.
Most people in Geraldton will eventually forget about the inconvenience of being without power for a few days. But those in Kalbarri and Northampton won’t have that luxury for a long time, if ever.
Five Mid West schools are unlikely to welcome students back for term two next week, with another three still without power.
Elise Van Aken
Men are five times more likely than women to believe a rape victim is partly responsible if she wore revealing clothing and that women often “say no when they mean yes”, according to a local survey.
Hundreds of locals impacted by ex-Tropical Cyclone Seroja continue to spend hours queuing in the sun to get vital pre-paid food and fuel vouchers, prompting calls for the system to be moved online.
After a horrific December crash, 72-year-old grandfather is up and about.
Poor communications fed Yuna farmers’ anxiety in cyclone’s wake.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has thanked volunteers after arriving in the decimated town, noting that homes in the area ‘look like sardine cans with the roof pulled off’.
A Geraldton man accused of deliberately running down a cyclist in a road-rage fury which a magistrate has put down to a violent ‘brain snap’ has been released on bail.
Kalbarri and Northampton have been picking up the pieces of their flattened towns for five days, while the PM has wined and dined with hundreds of WA’s business leaders.
Lanai Scarr and Elise Van Aken
While Kalbarri and Northampton bore the brunt of cyclone Seroja, it went on to carve a path of destruction inland. Perenjori and Mingenew were hit hard and have been reeling from the damage caused.
Close to 300L of a chemical bonding and sealing agent has been offloaded in the cyclone-smashed town as fears grow over the mountains of asbestos strewn across the area.
More than 30 people have been arrested this week, but the district’s top cop says there has not been any looting.
Elise Van Aken & Kate Campbell
The cost of Cyclone Seroja has been estimated to be as much as $200 million after authorities counted 660 damaged properties in the Mid West, including dozens of unlivable homes.
Peter Law & Sarah Steger
A Mid West man accused of paying to see children being abused live on camera from his Geraldton home is behind bars, charged with almost 70 child abuse offences.
The West Coast Eagles are calling on WA footy fans to dig deep to help the State’s Mid West rebuild a region torn apart this week by Cyclone Seroja.
Hundreds of people lined up for hours in Geraldton today to access State Government vouchers to replace essential items lost in the cyclone aftermath.
Dozens of soldiers have joined locals on the ground in Northampton today as the immense task of cleaning up the cyclone-ravaged town officially begins.
A long delayed microgrid to help power the town is facing yet another setback from the cyclone, in a major blow to traders and residents who were hit by ongoing blackouts before the weather event.
Danielle Le Messurier
Electricity has been restored to thousands of homes in Geraldton but some have taken advantage of the darkness to go on ‘petty’ crime sprees.
Kate Campbell & Phoebe Pin
The force in which Cyclone Seroja ravaged WA’s Mid West was swift and brutal. But a more insidious and deadly threat lies in the rubble and debris left in the aftermath.
Sarah Steger and John Flint
Tropical Cyclone Seroja has been officially declared as an ‘insurance catastrophe’ with more than 700 claims having already been lodged by victims of the disaster.
The Mid West has become a disaster zone, with the Army bolstering recovery efforts and setting up a base in Geraldton as it sends out crews to help cyclone-stricken communities.
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