Cyclone Debbie has damaged thousands of north Queensland properties, leaving some residents homeless in communities that face days without power after being cut off by floodwaters. The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said the scale of Tuesday’s disaster was “significant” and it would take months for the communities worst hit by the category-four cyclone to recover. Flooding was hampering recovery efforts after what the Bureau of Meteorology described as “phenomenal” rain of a metre in over just two days in the Mackay region.

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