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Last Updated: Monday, 20 March 2006, 14:09 GMT
In pictures: Australian cyclone

A woman phones for help from her roofless house

Tropical Cyclone Larry has destroyed houses and left thousands homeless across Australia's north-east coast.

A satellite image showing the size of the cyclone

It made landfall on Monday morning with winds of up to 290km/h (180mph).

A car on a road outside Cairns covered with branches and leaves

It hit the state of Queensland at Innisfail, about 100km (62 miles) south of the tourist centre of Cairns.

A photograph from Stieve De Lance, showing the remains of his sister's house

High winds destroyed houses across the town and a local official said that "every second building" had been damaged.

Innisfail resident Kate Charleston stands outside her destroyed house

Several people suffered minor injuries, but no-one was killed.

A house with no roof seen from the air

Many houses have lost roofs and even walls.

A telephone pole falls on a house (picture courtesy of Stieve De Lance)

Power was also knocked out in the cyclone-hit areas and up to 50,000 homes are without electricity.





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