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Cyclone Yasi - communities building disaster resilience
Recovery following severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi was rapid and efficient with numerous examples of community and local government leadership in disaster resilience
Cyclone Yasi, a category 5 cyclone, crossed the Queensland coast near Cairns in February 2011. It caused widespread damage between Cooktown and Townsville, destroying homes, businesses, infrastructure and crops. Around $6.8 billion was allocated for reconstruction following Cyclone Yasi and other flood events in the summer of 2010-11. Reconstruction was rapid and efficient, with numerous examples of community and local government leadership in disaster resilience. Examples in this snapshot include Japoonvale, Mackay and Cairns.