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The effects of Cyclone Tracy were profound. Many people lost all they had and left Darwin permanently. 65 people lost their lives. See the Web Link 'Cyclone Tracy Aftermath Index' to the left. Further information: It is said that the government wanted to downplay the actual death toll, as an election was looming. Sources indicate that only those who died and could actually be identified were included in the death toll. Perhaps hundreds more were killed, especially among the indigenous communities of the area. Locals reported that entire Aboriginal settlements were wiped out, but these deaths were not recorded. 9,000 homes were destroyed, out of a city of 43,500 people living in 12,000 residences. Many buildings were not built to withstand cyclonic forces, despite being in the cyclone belt.

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