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Australia: ADRA commits $50,000 in response to cyclone Yasi

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Wahroonga, New South Wales - The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Australia has committed $50,000 to support those affected by the devastating Cyclone Yasi.

The category 5 storm, Cyclone Yasi hit the Australian east coast early Thursday morning and has left a trail of destruction in its wake with many homes completely ruined, streets littered with debris and thousands of acres of crops completely wiped out. Today, tens of thousands of houses are still without power or water and could remain without these essentials for many weeks.

"ADRA's financial commitment will ensure people in the affected areas gain immediate access to necessary supplies." said Chris Olafson, ADRA Australia's Director of Emergency Management.

ADRA Australia's commitment is an initial response to the disaster, as staff on the ground work to formulate a detailed recovery plan to bolster the relief and recovery effort.

"Thousands of people, including local farmers within this region, have lost everything, not just their homes, but their crops, their businesses - in effect their entire livelihoods have been destroyed in one awful morning.

"It is upsetting to see something like this happen to this region, especially as many farmers have just now rebuilt from the decimation of Cyclone Larry only five years ago."

But North Queensland may not be out of harm's way just yet. After massive overnight rainfalls soaked the coast from Cairns to Innisfail there are serious fears storm surges and flash flooding will hit the region as an aftermath to the already devastating blow of Cyclone Yasi.

If you would like to support ADRA Australia's response to Cyclone Yasi, donations can be made to the Queensland Flood and Cyclone Appeal, by calling 1800 242 372 or by visiting www.adra.org.au.

In the past months, ADRA Australia has responded to the South Queensland floods, Victorian floods, south NSW floods and the Lennox Head tornado, along with international disasters including the Haitian earthquake and Pakistan floods. ADRA Australia currently holds formal agreements to provide emergency accommodation during times of disaster in New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and Western Australia.

ADRA Australia implements a wide range of development and emergency response programs at home and overseas. ADRA Australia works with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships with responsible action.

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