What was the effect of Cyclone Tracy?
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.