A cyclone action group says thousands of lives are being put at risk this cyclone season because public shelters in the Northern Territory aren't up to scratch. Mike Nicholls from the Association for Mitigation Studies of Top End Cyclones says public shelters are only built to withstand category four cyclones.
He says Cyclone Monica, which hit the Arnhem Land coast two years ago, shows that the Territory must be prepared for category five cyclones. A category five cyclone hitting Darwin would cause $10 billion worth of damage and thousands would die, and that's the event that responsible risk managers should be looking at.
The first priority is to provide for public safety. There should be an immediate program of building new and bigger public cyclone shelters. There should also be a program to encourage people to provide in-house cyclone shelters with the sufficient standard.
The Northern Territory Government says the public shelters are consistent with building codes in Queensland and Western Australia.
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