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The country has been beset by a calamity of flooding and is now in the bulls-eye of a monster cyclone.
In Cairns and Townsville, vast swathes of both cities are without power, including evacuation centres, leaving residents to wait out the maelstrom in the dark.
Late on Wednesday night, state disaster coordinator Ian Stewart said deaths were ‘‘very likely’’ as he detailed the plight of a group of six holed up in a Port Hinchinbrook unit complex, calling for help that simply could not be sent.
The fate of those people, aged in their 60s, is not known. All authorities could do was tell them to take shelter on the second floor of the building in an area where a storm surge was expected to reach at least the floor of that second level.