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Cyclone Debbie in Australia continues to cause Chaos with extreme Weather Conditions

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Sydney, March 30, 2017: The aftermath of tropical Cyclone Debbie in Australia on Thursday has continued to cause chaos, with extreme weather conditions continuing throughout much of the state of Queensland.

Schools in the southeast area of the state have been closed, and employers have been told to send their workers home, as the Bureau of Meteorology is expecting a month’s worth of rain to fall in the course of the day, Xinhua news agency reported.

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The two biggest cities in Queensland, the capital Brisbane, and tourist hot-spot the Gold Coast are bracing for huge downpours, with winds clocking between 90 to 125 km per hour set to hit by Thursday afternoon, with a heavy deluge of rain already falling in both areas.

Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad has called for residents to put safety first, and to immediately retrieve their children from schools in the affected regions.

“We don’t want parents and children to be on the road in 90 km/h weather or heavy rainfall,” Trad said.

With safety as a primary focus, attention is also being directed to the massive recovery operation that is underway, with around 1,200 Australian Defence Force personnel being deployed as part of “Queensland Assist 17,” the recovery operation in conjunction with state emergency services crews.

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One of the main priorities for the rescue and recovery operation is the tourism hub of the Whitsunday Islands, the popular island group which includes both Hayman and Daydream Island.

Tourists have been stranded since the catastrophic weather event, with flights to get visitors and staff out of the devastated areas set to begin later this afternoon, weather permitting, as all maritime methods of transportation have been shut down due to the extreme weather conditions.

But Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called on the public to not cancel planned trips to the resorts that have been hit, as the potential toll to tourism would see the cost of damages compounded upon if they were to lose even further revenue. (IANS)

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New Year brings low visibility in NCR

15 trains cancelled, 56 trains running late and 20 rescheduled due to fog in several parts of northern India

Fog engulfs NCR to no visibility
Fog engulfs NCR to no visibility Picture credits: Wikimedia commons
A large number of flights and trains were delayed, as visibility dropped to zero due to fog, in NCR, on Monday.

Effect on flights and trains

Operations at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport here were severely affected due to low visibility.
Flights were stopped from taking off between 6 and 10 a.m., while landing of almost all flights were delayed, says an airport official.
15 trains cancelled, 56 trains running late and 20 rescheduled due to fog in several parts of northern India.

Weather and temperature

The minimum temperature was recorded at 5.7 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season’s average.
The visibility which was 1,500 metres at 3.30 a.m. dropped rapidly to zero at 5.30 a.m.
The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 23 degrees Celsius, an India Meteorological Department official said.
The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 100 per cent.
Sunday’s maximum temperature settled at 23.9 degrees Celsius, while the minimum was recorded at 6.4. (IANS)

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