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Cyclone Debbie aftermath: aerial imagery reveals destruction

April 12, 2017 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

It’s been two weeks since the category four cyclone, Cyclone Debbie, struck the east coast of Queensland, causing widespread destruction to homes, businesses and the environment.

Hamilton Island faces a five month rebuild following destruction to private homes, luxury hotels and yachts. Across Airlie Beach and Proserpine, roofs were ripped from houses, power lines blown down and trees littered the roads, while Bowen suffered flash flooding and severe agricultural crop damage.

The natural disaster has now been declared a catastrophe, with the damage expected to cost more than $1 billion.

Aerial imagery company, Nearmap, has leveraged its unique ability to capture, process and publish imagery of the impacted areas in order to assist government, insurance and other businesses involved in the recovery process.

As the only provider able to capture and share this imagery, Nearmap has made available exclusive before and after images that show the extent of the damage caused by the cyclone.

Hamilton Island, tennis court damage — Sept 2016 vs April 2017 

Hamilton Island, resort damage — Sept 2016 vs April 2017

Mackay, changing coastline — June 2016 vs April 2017

Hamilton Island, tennis court damage — Sept 2016 vs April 2017

You can view and download more images in this folder. Please use the below links to view some easily embeddable, interactive ‘sliding images’ of the affected areas. To embed, just click ‘Share This’ in the bottom right corner and then ‘Build URL’.

Hamilton Island (boats washed on shore near the marina)

Hamilton Island (roofs ripped off)

Hamilton Island (tennis court destroyed)

Hamilton Island (damage to the shopping mall pool)

Mackay (river banks flooded)

Nearmap captures, manages, and delivers the most frequently updated location content in Australia to transform how emergency services, government agencies and businesses work by letting them see what is on the ground now, in high resolution, and how it has changed over time.

Rob Newman, CEO at Nearmap, commented:

Hamilton Island, resort damage — Sept 2016 vs April 2017 

“It’s truly devastating to see the impact Cyclone Debbie has had on communities and businesses across Queensland.

“Our high resolution aerial images reveal the true extent of the damage from above, and we hope will prove to be a useful tool to help Queensland communities, insurance companies and the local government as they plan for cleanup and recovery.”

You are welcome to download and publish any of the images Nearmap captured, please just credit ‘’ in your story.

If you are working on any other stories and would like aerial images to support it, please feel free to get in touch.

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