Defence assists with NT flood evacuations

At the request of the Northern Territory Government, via the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Defence is assisting the territory’s emergency authorities to evacuate up to 600 people from flood-affected areas.

CAPTION: Air Force personnel assist residents as they are evacuated from the Kalkarindji area in the Northern Territory. Photo by Corporal Ashley Gillett.

The evacuees are from remote communities in the Kalkarindji, Pigeon Hole and Daguragu areas, which have been inundated by rising waters from the upper Victoria River as heavy rain continues across the state.

Air Force’s C-27J Spartan fixed-wing transport aircraft are carrying people from Kalkarindji (Kalkgurung) Aerodrome to Katherine and other locations as required.

Defence remains ready to provide additional support to State Emergency Services should a request be received from the NEMA.

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CAPTION: It’s a thumbs-up for residents from the Kalkarindji area as they are evacuated in an Air Force C-27J Spartan. Photo by Corporal Ashley Gillett.


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