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Australian soldiers have been deployed in Queensland to help clean up after a powerful tropical cyclone caused widespread damage in coastal areas.

It is estimated 1,500 homes were damaged and 100 families left homeless after Cyclone Marcia struck on Friday.

About 50,000 homes and businesses are still without power in the towns of Rockhampton and Yeppoon.

Meanwhile, a state of emergency has been declared in the Northern Territory after Tropical Cyclone Lam on Friday.

Lam brought winds of more than 200km/h (124mph) and heavy rainfall to isolated communities in Top End, in the far north of the state.

There were no reports of any serious injuries in either Queensland or the Northern Territory.

However, the repair bill could run into billions of dollars, the BBC's Phil Mercer in Sydney reports.
 
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