Cyclone Marcia recovery will take years

Karen Johnson's home in Marmor after Cyclone Marcia Photo Christine McKee / The Morning Bulletin
Karen Johnson's home in Marmor after Cyclone Marcia Photo Christine McKee / The Morning Bulletin Christine Mckee

IT COULD take residents years to recover from the effects of Cyclone Marcia and charities say they will be there to help rebuild people's lives.

Australian Red Cross Queensland board chairman John Pinney said it was easy to rebuild damaged bridges, roads and buildings, but people's lives had been affected.

He said they were still providing support to people affected by the 2013 floods where many homes in Bundaberg were inundated.

"People have been shattered by this series of events," Mr Pinney said. "We expect to be there for at least a couple of years putting people together with the support that they need."

So far, more than 550 homes have been declared uninhabitable.

The agricultural industry had copped about $50 million worth of damage, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said yesterday.

UnitingCare Community executive director Bob Gilkes said disasters always left devastating psychological impacts, as well as physical.

"Community recovery is often focused on the immediate issues but after the immediate de-escalation occurs, that's when people suffer significant vicarious psychological trauma," he said.

These two charities, along with the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul, received $250,000 each from the State Government to help with their cause of supporting people Cyclone Marcia affected.

Mr Gilkes said the funds would help provide psychological support to people in need for many months.

The Salvation Army state communications secretary Neil Dickson said the funding would provide food to affected residents, even those who had been hit by power outages and had lost food.

He said the Salvation Army had provided 3000 meals in evacuation centres.

Ms Palaszczuk said the organisations would be able to use the government money straight away.

"Anyone who has been to the communities and met these people would be absolutely devastated about what they've gone through," she said.

"Families and people are completely distraught. They've lost their homes, their livelihood.

"But thankfully there has been no loss of life."


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