Sunday, April 02, 2006


The man in charge of the Cyclone Larry recovery effort, General Peter Cosgrove, has a 'disaster diary' up on the Courier Mail detailing his first week on the ground.

Here's an excerpt :

"March 24 : I was trying to get my mind around the scope of the task while absorbing all the sites of destruction and the obvious desperate state of some people.

"I was very impressed by the stoicism and courage of the people I saw. A lot of people obviously had nothing but they were still smiling.

"They were drenched and standing in borrowed clothes and they were fossicking around amongst the wreckage and as you approached them they were telling you about their neighbour – 'I lost a bit but that poor fellow over there lost a lot'."