Some 80 people are feared dead and another 25,000 made homeless in the northern australian city of Darwin, after the city had been devastated by cyclone-force winds of up to 200 kilometres an hour (125 mph).
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GV PAN Smith Street showing wreckage strewn along roadside (2 shots)
SV Overturned car PAN TO Buildings
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SV People standing on floor of house on stilts
SV Debris on strairway PAN ACROSS rubble from building
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MV Roof of hangar PAN TO light aircraft in a tangled mess and other iarcraft strewn along runway
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Background: Some 80 people are feared dead and another 25,000 made homeless in the northern australian city of Darwin, after the city had been devastated by cyclone-force winds of up to 200 kilometres an hour (125 mph).
Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin on Christmas Day, slicing a swathe of destruction through the north coast city. Immediately, the city was designated area by Australian Defence Minister Lance Bernard's National Disaster Organisation.
The Darwin disaster has left Australia with an enormous problem, Nine out of ten homes in the city have been rendered unfit for habitation and some 25,000 people will have to be evacuated, housed, fed and cared for. Help is being sent from the United States and Britain to assist in Australia's biggest single natural calamity.
The task of putting Darwin back on the map will be enormous, for it is without water, gas or electricity and large areas have been flattened.
Efforts to bring help have been further hampered by the almost total destruction of the city's airport, ware some fifty aircraft were swept up and wrecked by the fierce winds.
Australia's Prime Minister, Mr Gough Whitlam, presently in London on a European tour, is to cut short his trip and return to Australia today (Thursday, 26 December).