The estimated cost of insurance claims after Tropical Cyclone Marcia has climbed to $67 million.
Central Queensland residents in cyclone-hit towns, including Yeppoon and Rockhampton have lodged 11,250 insurance claims as of Wednesday morning, according to the Insurance Council of Australia.
Five days after the category five cyclone battered the state’s central coast, 35,000 properties have had their power supply restored – about half the number that originally had it cut.
But the logistical efforts of repairing the heavily damaged electricity network could delay reconnections in outlying areas until next week, energy company Ergon warned.
Emergency generators have been supplied to some of those outlying townships to temporarily restore power to infrastructure like local stores and water supplies.
Police have condemned the actions of callous thieves who have stolen 17 generators in the Rockhampton area.
Most had been used to power dangerous traffic intersections and the theft was beyond belief, Acting Detective Inspector Luke Peachey said.
“Some of these have been stolen from intersections where the possibility of serious crashes due to traffic lights being out remains high.”
Queensland Health has been warning residents of the looming threat posed by mosquito-borne diseases like the Ross River Virus.
Flood waters and pooling water provided perfect breeding conditions for mosquitoes, chief health officer Jeannette Young said.
Residents should avoid bites by applying insect repellent containing DEET or picaridin, and wearing loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing, she said.
Meanwhile, the initial repair bill for the damage wrought by Cyclone Lam in the Northern Territory has been estimated at $82.4 million.
The storm crossed the coast late on Thursday last week, hitting three remote indigenous communities in the northern Top End.
Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles says additional SES teams were flown to Galiwinku on Elcho Island, Milingimbi and Ramingining.