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Yam Island homes destroyed as king tide raises calls for better flood protection

Yam Island homes destroyed as king tide raises calls for better flood protection

Yam Island homes destroyed as king tide raises calls for better flood protection

Torres Strait residents have described the moment the sea robbed them of their possessions and their homes in the floods caused by last week's king tide.

The 3.8-metre peak on Yam Island has left 16 people homeless and has sparked protests from locals calling for a new seawall to prevent future disasters.

He said the Queensland Government had activated disaster relief funding for Yam Island and other parts of the Torres Strait, and said local councils could apply for hardship funding to assist their residents in the short term.

In the longer term, Mr Crawford said he'd like to see seawalls installed on Yam Island.

Source: www.abc.net.au
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