Australie: le cyclone Debbie a tout ravagé sur son passage

Les secours sont à pied d'œuvre, après le passage du cyclone Debbie au nord de l'Australie. Les dégâts sont immenses, entre toits arrachés et bateaux détruits. Plusieurs villes n'ont plus accès à l'électricité.
29 mars 2017, 07:08
/ Màj. le 29 mars 2017 à 07:45
La tempête était accompagnée de rafales soufflant à 270 km/heure.

Des villes privées d'électricité et coupées du monde, des toits arrachés et des yachts échoués: le nord de l'Australie ressemblait mercredi à "une zone de guerre" après avoir été pilonné par le puissant cyclone Debbie. Une personne a été blessée lors des intempéries.

Les secours ont commencé à tenter d'évaluer les dégâts. L'armée, des hélicoptères et des avions ont été placés en stand-by pour aider aux opérations de nettoyage par le gouvernement fédéral.

 

Le cyclone de catégorie 4 a déferlé la veille sur l'Etat du Queensland, touchant terre entre Bowen et Airlie Beach. Debbie était accompagné de vents destructeurs qui ont ravagé certains des sites les plus touristiques de la région. Il a depuis été rétrogradé en dépression tropicale mais le Bureau australien de la météorologie a mis en garde contre la possibilité de violentes rafales et de pluies "intenses" qui devraient "provoquer des crues".

 

 

Les routes menant à Bowen, Airlie Beach et Proserpine étaient coupées en raison de chutes d'arbres. Jusqu'à 50'000 foyers étaient toujours privés d'électricité mercredi. 

Le cyclone semble pour l'instant n'avoir pas fait de mort. Un homme a été grièvement blessé mardi dans l'effondrement d'un mur. Des dizaines de milliers de personnes avaient été évacuées préventivement.

Sites touristiques touchés

Des îles prisées des touristes étrangers car proches de certains sites de la Grande barrière de corail ont été durement touchées. 

L'hôtel Daydream Island Resort a expliqué avoir subi de gros dégâts, en particulier sur son embarcadère et ses chambres. "Les conditions étaient extrêmes avec des pluies abondantes et de violentes rafales qui ont endommagé l'hôtel et ses alentours", a-t-il déclaré, ajoutant que tous ses clients répondaient à l'appel. 

Le lever du jour a permis de constater l'étendue des dégâts dans certains endroits. Sur des photos postées sur les réseaux sociaux, on pouvait voir un avion léger retourné, des yachts échoués, des pylônes électriques à terre et des arbres tombés sur des maisons.

 

 

"Zone de guerre"

Le maire du conseil régional de Whitsunday Andrew Willcox a décrit Bowen comme "une zone de guerre". "Cette ville côtière est à moitié ravagée mais nous allons la reconstruire", a-t-il dit à la télévision Channel Nine. 

 

 

Dans la localité minière de Collinsville, des toits ont été arrachés, selon la presse locale. "Je suis en morceaux, émotionnellement et physiquement. J'ai passé les pires 24 heures de ma vie", a déclaré une habitante à la Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 

La tempête était accompagnée de rafales soufflant à 270 km/heure.

 

 

epa05876196 A boat is smashed against the rocks at Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, 29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing widespread damage.  EPA/DAN PELED  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
epa05876196 A boat is smashed against the rocks at Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, 29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing widespread damage. EPA/DAN PELED AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT ©KEYSTONE
epa05876238 A boat is seen washed ashore at Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia,  29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing wide spread damage.  EPA/DAN PELED  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
epa05876238 A boat is seen washed ashore at Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, 29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing wide spread damage. EPA/DAN PELED AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT ©KEYSTONE
epa05874508 Trees wave during strong winds in Bowen, Queensland, Australia, 28 March 2017. Category 4 Cyclone Debbie made landfall on the north coast of Queensland, Australia on 28 March.  EPA/SARAH MOTHERWELL AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
epa05874508 Trees wave during strong winds in Bowen, Queensland, Australia, 28 March 2017. Category 4 Cyclone Debbie made landfall on the north coast of Queensland, Australia on 28 March. EPA/SARAH MOTHERWELL AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT ©KEYSTONE
epa05873956 A handout photo made available by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) showing Japan Meteorological Agency's Himawari-8 satellite capture of a true-color image of Tropical Cyclone Debbie closing in on the northeastern coast of Australia at  0510 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on 27 March 2017. According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JWTC), Debbie is located approximately 295 nautical miles east-southeast of Cairns, Australia, and has tracked toward the southwest at a speed of approximately five miles per hour over the past six hours. The storm has maximum sustained winds of about 100 miles per hour with gusts of 125 miles per hour. According to JWTC forecasters, Debbie is expected to maintain a southward trajectory with favorable environmental conditions until it makes landfall, which is expected in the next 12 to 24 hours. Afterward, the storm is predicted to erode rapidly and dissipate completely within 48 hours.  EPA/HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
epa05873956 A handout photo made available by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) showing Japan Meteorological Agency's Himawari-8 satellite capture of a true-color image of Tropical Cyclone Debbie closing in on the northeastern coast of Australia at 0510 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on 27 March 2017. According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JWTC), Debbie is located approximately 295 nautical miles east-southeast of Cairns, Australia, and has tracked toward the southwest at a speed of approximately five miles per hour over the past six hours. The storm has maximum sustained winds of about 100 miles per hour with gusts of 125 miles per hour. According to JWTC forecasters, Debbie is expected to maintain a southward trajectory with favorable environmental conditions until it makes landfall, which is expected in the next 12 to 24 hours. Afterward, the storm is predicted to erode rapidly and dissipate completely within 48 hours. EPA/HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES ©KEYSTONE
epa05872959 Palm trees wave in strong wind as the weather closes in on Airlie Beach as dark clouds approach in Queensland, Australia, 27 March 2017. Category 3 'severe' Cyclone Debbie is expected to hit Queensland's far north coast late on 27 March or early 28 March.  EPA/DAN PELED  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
epa05872959 Palm trees wave in strong wind as the weather closes in on Airlie Beach as dark clouds approach in Queensland, Australia, 27 March 2017. Category 3 'severe' Cyclone Debbie is expected to hit Queensland's far north coast late on 27 March or early 28 March. EPA/DAN PELED AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT ©KEYSTONE
epa05874366 Strong winds and rain lash Airlie Beach, Australia, 28 March 2017. Reports state that Cyclone Debbie is expected to hit Queensland's far north coast as a category 4 cyclone early afternoon on 28 March 2017.  EPA/DAN PELED AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
epa05874366 Strong winds and rain lash Airlie Beach, Australia, 28 March 2017. Reports state that Cyclone Debbie is expected to hit Queensland's far north coast as a category 4 cyclone early afternoon on 28 March 2017. EPA/DAN PELED AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT ©KEYSTONE
epa05874495 A fallen palm tree lies behind a motel at Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, 28 March 2017. Category 4 Cyclone Debbie made landfall on the north coast of Queensland, Australia on 28 March.  EPA/DAN PELED  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
epa05874495 A fallen palm tree lies behind a motel at Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, 28 March 2017. Category 4 Cyclone Debbie made landfall on the north coast of Queensland, Australia on 28 March. EPA/DAN PELED AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT ©KEYSTONE
epa05874518 Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (C) speaks during a press conference following a Disaster Management Meeting in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 28 March 2017. Category 4 Cyclone Debbie made landfall on the north coast of Queensland, Australia on 28 March.  EPA/DAVE HUNT  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
epa05874518 Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (C) speaks during a press conference following a Disaster Management Meeting in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 28 March 2017. Category 4 Cyclone Debbie made landfall on the north coast of Queensland, Australia on 28 March. EPA/DAVE HUNT AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT ©KEYSTONE
epa05872962 Dark clouds approach over boats at Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, 27 March 2017. Category 3 'severe' Cyclone Debbie is expected to hit Queensland's far north coast late on 27 March or early 28 March.  EPA/DAN PELED  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
epa05872962 Dark clouds approach over boats at Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, 27 March 2017. Category 3 'severe' Cyclone Debbie is expected to hit Queensland's far north coast late on 27 March or early 28 March. EPA/DAN PELED AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT ©KEYSTONE
epa05874494 Structural damage on a building of a hotel is seen at Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, 28 March 2017. Category 4 Cyclone Debbie made landfall on the north coast of Queensland, Australia on 28 March.  EPA/DAN PELED  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
epa05874494 Structural damage on a building of a hotel is seen at Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, 28 March 2017. Category 4 Cyclone Debbie made landfall on the north coast of Queensland, Australia on 28 March. EPA/DAN PELED AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT ©KEYSTONE
epa05874566 A handout photo issued by the Bureau of Meterology 28 March 2017 (07.30am CEST) showing the cloud rotation (R) and eye of severe Cyclone Debbie (category 4) that has made landfall near Airlie Beach in Queensland. Thousands of people have been warned to evacuate the home as the cyclone crosses the state's far north and creates winds of up to 275km/h (170 mph).  EPA/BUREAU OF METEROLOGY / HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
epa05874566 A handout photo issued by the Bureau of Meterology 28 March 2017 (07.30am CEST) showing the cloud rotation (R) and eye of severe Cyclone Debbie (category 4) that has made landfall near Airlie Beach in Queensland. Thousands of people have been warned to evacuate the home as the cyclone crosses the state's far north and creates winds of up to 275km/h (170 mph). EPA/BUREAU OF METEROLOGY / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES ©KEYSTONE
epa05874505 Outdoor furniture floats in a pool, placed for safety, at a motel at Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, 28 March 2017. Category 4 Cyclone Debbie made landfall on the north coast of Queensland, Australia on 28 March.  EPA/DAN PELED  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
epa05874505 Outdoor furniture floats in a pool, placed for safety, at a motel at Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, 28 March 2017. Category 4 Cyclone Debbie made landfall on the north coast of Queensland, Australia on 28 March. EPA/DAN PELED AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT ©KEYSTONE
epa05876377 Hungry locals queue up for a burger in Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, 29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing wide spread damage.  EPA/DAN PELED  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
epa05876377 Hungry locals queue up for a burger in Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, 29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing wide spread damage. EPA/DAN PELED AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT ©KEYSTONE
epa05876309 Locals wade into flood waters blocking the road between Airlie Beach and Proserpine, in Queensland, Australia 29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing wide spread damage.  EPA/DAN PELED  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
epa05876309 Locals wade into flood waters blocking the road between Airlie Beach and Proserpine, in Queensland, Australia 29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing wide spread damage. EPA/DAN PELED AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT ©KEYSTONE
epa05876234 Cars manauver around tree debris on the road between Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour, in Queensland, Australia, 29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie has hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing widespread damage.  EPA/DAN PELED  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
epa05876234 Cars manauver around tree debris on the road between Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour, in Queensland, Australia, 29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie has hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing widespread damage. EPA/DAN PELED AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT ©KEYSTONE
epa05876237 A boat is seen smashed against the rocks at Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, 29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie has hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing widespread damage.  EPA/DAN PELED  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
epa05876237 A boat is seen smashed against the rocks at Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, 29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie has hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing widespread damage. EPA/DAN PELED AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT ©KEYSTONE
epa05876197 A boat is washed ashore at Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, 29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing widespread damage.  EPA/DAN PELED  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
epa05876197 A boat is washed ashore at Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, 29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing widespread damage. EPA/DAN PELED AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT ©KEYSTONE
epa05876204 A boat is seen washed ashore at Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, 29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing widespread damage.  EPA/DAN PELED  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
epa05876204 A boat is seen washed ashore at Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, 29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing widespread damage. EPA/DAN PELED AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT ©KEYSTONE
epa05876176 Locals inspect damage at Shute Harbour, Airlie Beach, Australia, 29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie has hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing widespread damage.  EPA/DAN PELED  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
epa05876176 Locals inspect damage at Shute Harbour, Airlie Beach, Australia, 29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie has hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing widespread damage. EPA/DAN PELED AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT ©KEYSTONE
epa05876161 Dave Mcinnerney inspects the damage to his motel at Shute Harbour, Airlie Beach, Australia, 29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie has hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing widespread damage.  EPA/DAN PELED  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
epa05876161 Dave Mcinnerney inspects the damage to his motel at Shute Harbour, Airlie Beach, Australia, 29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie has hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing widespread damage. EPA/DAN PELED AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT ©KEYSTONE
epa05876128 Boats are seen smashed against the rocks at Shute Harbour, Airlie Beach, Australia, 29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie has hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing wide spread damage.  EPA/DAN PELED  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
epa05876128 Boats are seen smashed against the rocks at Shute Harbour, Airlie Beach, Australia, 29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie has hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing wide spread damage. EPA/DAN PELED AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT ©KEYSTONE
epa05876130 Sever damage to a boat terminal is seen at Shute Harbour, Airlie Beach, Australia, 29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie has hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing wide spread damage.  EPA/DAN PELED  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
epa05876130 Sever damage to a boat terminal is seen at Shute Harbour, Airlie Beach, Australia, 29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie has hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing wide spread damage. EPA/DAN PELED AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT ©KEYSTONE
epa05876112 A boat is seen smashed against the bank at Shute Harbour, Airlie Beach, Australia, 29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie has hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing wide spread damage.  EPA/DAN PELED  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
epa05876112 A boat is seen smashed against the bank at Shute Harbour, Airlie Beach, Australia, 29 March 2017. Cyclone Debbie has hit Queensland's far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing wide spread damage. EPA/DAN PELED AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT ©KEYSTONE
epa05871032 Christine Schnider (L) and her son Jessey (R) fill up sandbags in preparation for Cyclone Debbie in Townsville, Queensland, Australia, 26 March 2017. The category 4 cyclone is expected to hit Queensland's far north coast late on Monday or early Tuesday.  EPA/DAN PELED  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
epa05871032 Christine Schnider (L) and her son Jessey (R) fill up sandbags in preparation for Cyclone Debbie in Townsville, Queensland, Australia, 26 March 2017. The category 4 cyclone is expected to hit Queensland's far north coast late on Monday or early Tuesday. EPA/DAN PELED AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT ©KEYSTONE
epa05871033 Locals fill up sandbags in preparation for Cyclone Debbie in Townsville, Queensland, Australia, 26 March 2017. The category 4 cyclone is expected to hit Queensland's far north coast late on Monday or early Tuesday.  EPA/DAN PELED  AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
epa05871033 Locals fill up sandbags in preparation for Cyclone Debbie in Townsville, Queensland, Australia, 26 March 2017. The category 4 cyclone is expected to hit Queensland's far north coast late on Monday or early Tuesday. EPA/DAN PELED AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT ©KEYSTONE