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An army of helpers moves in as

Queensland begins to pick up the

pieces. But one man is confirmed

dead and two are missing. Also

tonight - how the cyclone will hit

your family budget. Two killed in a

helicopter crash at Cessnock, but

the pilot survived. And shoppers

Druitt. caught up in a mass brawl at Mount

ANNOUNCER: This is a special

broadcast of Nine News with Peter

Overton, live in the cyclone zone.

Good evening. We are coming to you

tonight live from Port Hinchinbrook,

where, as you can see, there is

utter devastation. Boats here have

been thrown around like toys by the

fury of Cyclone Yasi. We now know

that one life has been lost. Two

people are missing. And nearly a

thousand homes have suffered

serious damage. But with the

resillancy of these people, there

is also plenty of resillancy, as I

said. And it's come from that

adversity. Floodwaters in Ingham,

devastation, more damage is spotted

from the air. The first casualty of

Yasi was confirmed. A 23-year-old

generator. man suffered from fumes from a

He was in a closed room, using a

generator for power. This is a

dangerous thing to do.

The power is out to 150,000

properties. 7,000 people in

evacuation centres are the ones

with nowhere to go. For the second

time this year, the PM took an

aerial tour of a Queensland

disaster zone. Stopping at

Innisfail, Julia Gillard visited a disaster management centre,

greeting the locals. The troops

move in. The biggest domestic

deployment of the army in 30 years.

A very big thank you for all of the

work you are doing. I know you have

put in a couple of very intensive hours already.

Before Cyclone Yasi, this was Port

Hinchinbrook. The dream of

Queensland businessman Keith

Williams. He poured his soul and

millions in the marina and

surrounding homes. Yasi took an

hour to destroy it.

Very hard to see, very noisy. Scary

when the boats started coming up.

Boats were picked up and tossed

onto the shore and into homes. We

were there and Ellen and her

husband came down to inspect their

40-foot pride and joy. What was

your reaction?

We were so thrilled because I'm

getting emotional. It was still in

one piece. We love the boat. Mmm.

It's easy to dismiss all these

boats as the play things of the

rich and fortunate. But in fact

many couples happen spent a

lifetime saving up for these boats

for their retirement. They weren't

just boats, they were homes. This

family were sheltering in an

upstairs bedroom when they saw the

boats tumbling towards them.

We're lucky to be alive.

Yasi will be a dirty word around

Port Hinchinbrook for years to come. Mother Nature, hey?

Yeah, she's a good one.

It's been called Yasi's ground zero.

Trucks line up to the north and

south. Joining the queue, those who

evacuated and are now trying to

return to see if anything's left.

We don't know what's left. You

know? It could be all gone. But we

through. have no idea 'cause we can't get

And Mark joins me now. Some good

news have just come through?

Two people were feared missing. The

worst was feared for those people

in this area. One has been found

alive and well. Many boaties from

this marina did leave and seek

shelter at Hinchinbrook Island.

They tried to hide out in the

mangroves. It's amazing more of

those people wrnd injured or killed.

Thank you. Well, their spirit's not

broken, but the people of Tully are

doing it tough. Sarah, many will

simply have to start again?

Absolutely, Pete. Just look at this

house behind me. The entire second

storey has been blown away. It will

probably have to be diminished and

rebuilt. It's just one of scores of

homes that have been hit by Cyclone

Yasi all over Tully. It's

devastating to see. There is so

much to do here, people barely know

where to start. It's safe to say

it's going to take a very, very

long time for life in Tully to get

back to normal.

Sheryl knew going home would be

hard, but not like this. Everything

is ruined. It hurts. Just...

Home after home has been blown

apart by Cyclone Yasi. Seeing the

carnage up close was heartbreaking.

It's very upsetting.

There was no time to pack before

the monster storm hit. Now locals

are trying to salvage whatever they

can. Everywhere you look, there's

evidence that Cyclone Yasi hit with

cruel but random force.

Unbelievably, this house here was

pretty much untouched. But then

right next door, it looks like the

place was hit by a bomb. There's

still no power, the destruction so

widespread, cleaning up will take

months. But they got started anyway.

The army is also here to help.

Tully's main street has been

battered. Most businesses are

boarded up. This shop owner was

open for business, but it wasn't

for the money.

We have gas, fridges full of food.

hungry. We will give it out to whoever's

It's that sense of community here

in Tully that gives everyone the

strength to keep going.

The destruction left by Cyclone

Yasi and by last month's floods

will have a far-reaching impact on

Queensland's tourism industry.

Early estimates suggest the narm

disasters could cost the sector --

natural disasters could cost the

sector as much as $800 million. The

iconic resort of Dunk Island was

robbed of its beauty as Yasi made

it its first port of call.

Buildings, brand-new, torn apart.

It's just so beautiful. And to see

heartbreaking. it like this, it's really

Of course, the winds did most of

the damage, but the storm surge

heerp certainly left its mark. I'm

actually -- here certainly left its

mark. I'm tweam standing on the

island's main swimming pool --

actually standing. Hundreds or so

staff stayed behind, riding out

Yasi in a storm-rated bunker. But

today, with no power or water, the

workers were forced to leave, their

future uncertain.

I just couldn't believe my eyes.

Now we don't have a home, we don't

have a job.

A short chopper ride takes you to

Mission Beach. It's also a haven

for tourists. But they won't be

coming back here for many months.

The famous Elandra Resort, the

centre piece of this holiday strip,

was battered beyond recognition.

We need to rebuild.

Tourism in Queensland is worth

$$9..2 billion. The damage will

cost at least half a billion.

Cyclone Yasi could hurt the sector

by a further $300 million. The

total cost - around $800 million.

We're Far North Queenslanders. We

will get through.

Cyclone Yasi will be felt far

beyond Queensland in the weeks and

months to come. As it starts to

affect the economy. To minister

editor Ross Greenwood now. And,

Ross, what will it mean for the family wught? Well, -- Budget.

Well, it's gonna mean something.

Wayne Swan has warned all families

around Australia to brace

themselves for a high cost of

living, in terms of fruit and

vegetable prices, as well as the

cost of building around the country

is likely to rise. That's not only

in the cost of building materials,

but even the cost of builders

themselves, as they move into

Queensland to try and do the

rebuilding. Mind you, I found a

bright spot today. I spoke to some

of the wholesalers of fruit and

vegetables and fish in this country,

some of the leading ones. They had

a much, much brighter story to tell.

Cyclones, floods - the costs for

those affected are enormous. But

despite dire warnings about fut and

vegetables, -- fruit and vegetables,

supplyers say prices should remain under control.

They're all cheaper than 10 years ago.

It's small relief for families,

after fruit jumped up more than 15%

in the last three months of last year.

I don't think we will see the

catastrophic prices everyone's predicting.

The supermarket price war today

switched to butter and cream. But

Cyclone Yasi means one of the

supermarkets' key discount items it

off the list.

There will be a price rise in bananas.

They are the number one selling

item in all of Australia. Normally

$1.99 a kilo. Right now, $5.99 a

kilo. During Cyclone Larry, they

hit $13 a kilo. That's where prices

could hit now. The others are

seafood prices. But Australia's

vast coastline means there are other supplies.

The volume that's down here and the

quantitys, virtually the quality

that's down here, there should be no problem.

OK, that's where we're going to

leave our cyclone coverage for the

moment. Let's go to Sydney. Here's

Peter Harvey with the rest of the day's news.

Thank you. A helicopter has crashed

in flames in the Hunter Valley. Two

passengers died, but somehow the

pilot made it out alive. Thick

smoke pours from the helicopter.

The tail, the only remnant of the

plane, which stayed intact. In

among the debris, the bodies of two

men, killed the second their

helicopter ploughed into the ground

and exploded into flames.

It's quite clear the aircraft has

hit the runway quite heavy lip and

there's certainly been a fire and -

- heavily and there's been a fire.

The pilot managed to haul himself

from the wreck. The man, in his 40s,

is suffering serious burns.

They're quite serious injuries at

this point. He's in an OK condition.

Police and aviation safety

authorities are now trying to work

out exactly what went wrong here.

It's believed they were doing some

training and may have been

practising engine failures.

Witnesses say it appeared to roll

onto its side before hitting the

ground. The explosion very quick.

Witnesses are being interviewed.

The runway will remain closed while

the investigation continues.

In the news ahead - up to 100

teenagers in a vicious brawl at a

Sydney shopping centre.

Plus - our reporter under siege in

the violent Egyptian uprising. And

watch what happens when a 10-year-

Late-night shoppers at Mount Druitt

were caught up in chaotic scenes

last night as a violent brawl

erupted between two rival gangs. Up

to 100 people were involved in a

dispute that apparently started on

Facebook. Police were forced to use

a hech hand. -- a heavy hand.

Authorities were tipped off about

the planned clash last night. It

took officers from semple command

posts, as well as rye -- from

several command posts, as well as

riot police and the dog unit to

gain control. The fight began at

the train station.

It was like an Islander boy. He hit

one of the other guys. Another

friend of mine, he saw an incident

at K mart as well. He saw 50 on one.

Some of the offenders even had weapons.

We believe they had two baseball

bats and a number of homemade items,

consisting of glass.

Most of the violence occurred here

in the food court, before spreading

throughout the mall, full of late-

night shoppers. Police allege the

brawl was sparked by a war of words

on Facebook.

Those particular sites are not for

violence or bringing out mob mentalities.

13 people were arrested. All have

been charged with affray, resisting

arrest. Police are expecting to

bring more people in. Kristina

Keneally has defended her Education

Minister, Verity Firth, after she

refused to directly answer

questions about whether she had

ever taken ecstasy.

She has answered it to my

satisfaction. She has answered it,

she has made clear that her

conscience is clear, that she has

done nothing wrong. She has nothing

to apologise for. She's answered it

to my satisfaction. These were

actions by her husband. And I think

that needs to be remembered first and foremost.

Her husband, Matthew Chesher, was

allegedly caught buying the drug a

week ago.

Egypt's President says he plans to

hang on to power, claiming the

chaos will get even worse if he

goes. The street fighting is now

running night and day. And all

foreign media, including our own

reporter, Peter Stefanovic, have

become targets. Peter, you've been

kept in the hotel because of the

danger outside?

Well, we are still under protection

at our hotel, along with a group of

Australian media. Hotel security

have confiscated our second camera,

because they don't want us filming

the chaos outside, because they

fear we may be seen bit crowd and

that may make the hotel a target.

Police are out on the streets again

today, for a second day, after

being largely nonexistant in the

week prior. They are targeting

Western journalists. Some have been

stabbed, hospitalised. Dozens have

been searched, including myself.

Supporters are almost certainly

behind this attacking of Western

journalist. It was only until

yesterday that we were quite

welcomed into Tahrir Square, which

are now being controlled. The

democracy campaigners are well and

true lip under siege. Sticks and

rocks are the weapons.

In the middle of it all, the army

tanks keep some sections clear

mented and occasionally, the --

sections clear. And occasion -- as

the Western media also feel the

anger of Mubarak supporters, one of

America's veteran reporters, has

had an interview.

The Mubarak regime is now urging

the democracy campaigners to leave

Tahrir Square. They say the

President's agreement to retire at

the end of the September is enough.

But they're not budging.

I will die for freedom.

So many of his comrades share his

view. It is a choice between death

or freedom - the line is drawn in

Liberation Square. And Egypt will

never be the same again. Peter

Stefanovic, Nine News, Cairo.

Thank you, Peter. Dangerous days

there. While Australia endures

cyclones and floods, the other

extreme in America - a monster

winter storm has buried parts of

the United States in deep snow,

snarlinging highways and covering

homes. The werptsdz front stretched

for 3,000km -- weather front. A

horrifying incident and a

remarkable outcome in Italy. A 10-

year-old boy was no intent on his

electronic game, he walked onto the

tracks in Milan. An off-duty

policeman jumped down, hauled him

onto the platform and got back to

safety himself. The plssman says he

acted on instinct -- policeman. I

take it Brett Lee may be rested

from the one-day side?

Yeah. Good evening. A number of

World Cup stars won't be there for

the last game. And Jason Krejza

cooking with gas. And what about

these daredevils? It takes plenty

A good performance in the final

one-dayer this weekend could open

the World Cup door for spinner

Jason Krejza. He hasn't played for

Australia for two years, but with

Nathan naurts and Xavier Doherty

nured, he's ready to go.

Everyone wants a piece of him now.

The spinner is settling into the

Australian camp but knows how

quickly all this can be taken away.

His teammates are expecting a big

cction contribution.

We have a well-balanced one-day

side. We're taking a lot of

confidence into this last game.

Lee may join the others to be

rested. The team leave for the

World Cup in India next Wednesday

and they need to be fresh.

Maybe you can cut down the one-day

stuff. I'm not sure. Maybe to a 5-

match series, I think the 7-match

series are a touch too long.

Mitchell Johnson had a surprising

move up the batting order in the

sixth one-dayer.

I enjoyed it. Hopefully get more opportunities.

And while there hasn't been much to

celebrate for Australian cricket

this summer, the Allan Border Medal

is coming up. At least it gives the

girls who have put up with them a

moment to shine too.

And how far would you go for a $35

pay cheque? Well, after riding

monsters like this, these guys are

lucky to be alive, let alone being

finalists in the annual Big Wave

Awards. They all have one thing in

common d they're a little crazy.

Winners will be announced later

this month. Jaynie's next with the

weather. And the heatwave

continues?

It sure does, Tim. We are expecting

in the west tomorrow 41 degrees.

Then on Sunday, we're heading for a

top of 35 degrees. Back soon. Coming up... An exclusive look

inside the ACT' s newest multi

million dollar school. Another million dollar school. Another truc

rollover in the Capital and the

affects of the weather on food

prices. Join me for all the details next.

Well, we suffered through another

hot, sticky day. 41 degrees in the

far west. Those storms at the

moment are mainly affecting the

south-western and western suburbs.

The moisture from axe Tropical

Cyclone Yasi is going to link up

with this trough -- ex-tropical

cyclone Yasi. South-western parts

of NSW and northern parts of

Victoria expecting more than 100mm.

Right now, we have severe storms

affecting a huge part of the south-

east tonight. Red-hot right across

New South Wales and the ACT

tomorrow. Fire bans will be in

force, including Sydney. We are

heading for a top of 41 degrees in

the west and 36 in the city. It's

going to be hot, sunny and humid.

Now, let's take a look at the

weekend. There's plenty of

information, of course, in Best

Weekend fagz form in -- Weekend

Magazine. In you're looking for a

fun day on the water, find out all

about kayaking. It is going to be a

hot one in Sydney tomorrow. We are

looking forward to a cooler change

on Sunday. But it could be a bit

windy and stormy. Jaynie, thank you.

That is Nine News for this Friday,

from Port Hinchinbrook in Far North

Queensland. The rebuilding of homes

and lives after the destruction of

Cyclone Yasi is just beginning. We

have seen some devastating scenes

in the last few days, but also some

tremendous courage from people who

don't break easily. I'm Peter

Overton. From all of us here,

goodnight, from Far North Queensland.

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