In Western Australia, a massive cleanup operation has started in the wake of devastation caused by Cyclone Alby, which swept through with gusts of up to 122 kilometres and hour.
GV Surf club at Perth standing on edge of cliff fall. (2 shots)
GV's Bulldozers pile limestone to try and hold back high seas as people look on. (3 shots)
SV Car damaged by fallen wall. (3 shots)
GV AND SV People repairing damaged houses caused by cyclone. (4 shots)
GV PAN FROM Debris on ground TO people cleaning out flats on balcony. (2 shots)
GV & SV Sheep on fields after being burnt in fire that was a result of the cyclone. (5 shots)
GLENISTER: "At Floriat Surf Club, the Perth City Council fought a day-long battle in a desperate attempt to prevent the surf club from tumbling into the sea. The pounding sea scoured into the beach, leaving a seven metre drop directly in front of the building and less than a metre away from the club-house. An entire roadway disappeared into the sea and a convoy of council trucks dumped hundreds of tons of limestone into the bridge in an attempt to hold back the angry sea. In all suburbs, the story was the same. Walls tumbled, fences lying at crazy angles, trees and power poles littering the ground, cars lying twisted and broken between tons of rubble.
"At (INDISTINCT) more damage but luckily no injuries. A block of State Housing Commission flats in (INDISTINCT) was unroofed. Ten tons of asbestos roofing was picked up by a super-gust and dumped on a kiddies' playground.
Just minutes before, the children were playing in the area. Alternate accommodation was found for families before darkness set in.
"Throughout today, people of Perth have laboured to repair the damage done to their homes and businesses."
COLE: "Huge losses have been incurred by farmers. Typical of the tragedy was this flock of sheep on a farm out of Manjimup. They couldn't escape the flames and had their coats seared. Today they were weak. Their owner hadn't got around to shooting them. Some made pathetic attempts to move, only to collapse a few metres from where they started. A new-born lamb must have wondered if this was all life had to offer."
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REPORTERS: LESTER ELENISTER AND OWEN COLE
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Background: In Western Australia, a massive cleanup operation has started in the wake of devastation caused by Cyclone Alby, which swept through with gusts of up to 122 kilometres and hour. During the storm, lightening flashes and fire-balls set hundreds of fires burning. Damage could run into millions of dollars. This report from Australian television.