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Friday
Feb042011

Cyclone Yasi Claims One Life in Australia; Thousands Without Power

Photo Courtesy - Jonathan Wood/Getty Images(CAIRNS, Australia) -- The first fatality stemming from Cyclone Yasi, the category five storm that hit northeastern Australia early this week, was confirmed by officials Friday.

The victim, a 23-year-old man, was killed by fumes from a diesel-powered generator he was using in a closed room while he sought shelter, according to authorities.  They also said a search is underway for two missing people.

Cyclone Yasi made landfall in Queensland on Wednesday bringing strong winds and sheets of rain that ripped the roofs off of buildings and cut power to thousands of residents.  As of Friday, 150,000 homes were still without power, according to the BBC.

Australia has deployed 4,000 soldiers, along with 600 police and emergency workers, to the cyclone-stricken area, according to the BBC.  Food supplies are also being shipped in to help those hit by the storm.

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