'They are running out of drinking water': Urgent evacuation

Damage at Hamilton Island. Picture: Jacqui McCullough.
Damage at Hamilton Island. Picture: Jacqui McCullough.

MILITARY and private helicopters will be used to evacuate Cyclone Debbie traumatised guests and residents from Daydream and Hamilton islands.

While military helicopters will transport people from Daydream Island to the mainland, Hamilton Island residents will be evacuated in private choppers.

Where they will be taken to is still being finalised.

"Daydream Island has requested the military," Whitsunday Mayor Andrew Wilcox said.

"They are running out of drinking water.

"They will be transferred by air."

Cr Wilcox said 58,000 homes in the region were still without power.

Internet and mobile services on both islands have been impacted.

"It's still bloody windy and rainy. The sun has started to come out yet," he said.

Guests travelling to Hamilton Island have been told the clean-up could take up to two months and should re-book from June, a social media post from the Hamilton Island account said.

"Hi, we are advising guest travelling before the 2nd of April to rebook after the 1st June to 100% guarantee the full Hamilton Island experience," the post said.

"We would not want to re-book you and then have to re-book you again if the assessment tells us this.

"The on island team are currently calculating the damage so we will know more in the next 48 hours.

"At this time the safety of guests currently on the island and their return home is our priority. We thank you for your patience for your future bookings and if you would like to speak to our call centre about your booking the number is 137 333."

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