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Blown By The Wind

Blown By The Wind
The Fijian law students in Vanuatu. Photos: Samuela Lagilagi Lesikikadavu
March 20
08:50 2015

Uraia Segati, a final year Law student at the University of the South Pacific, cannot forget the nightmare and experience he faced last Friday when Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu.

Mr Segati said he was almost blown away by strong winds.

“The wind was so strong that it pushed me backwards for more than a metre from where I was,  I will never forget that,” he  said.

“Trees were uprooted and everything was flying around everywhere, branches were flying, trees were bare without leaves.

“Rain was everywhere and we kept moving to safer rooms to keep warm and dry from the cyclone,” he said.

Mr Segati, 23, is now home in Fiji with his three sisters after facing the wrath of the cyclone.

“Life was all good in Vanuatu and it was a good experience and good exposure.”

He said they were in their hostel block and were told to evacuate to the office.

“Along with us were two mothers, one of which had her two primary school children. The office area was suitable for us until after 10pm. As the winds got stronger, the roof started leaking and the floor started filling with water.

“We were cold, wet and barefooted and struggling against strong winds and rain while helping people.”

He said two other students helped him look for food and water from other rooms.

Meanwhile, rehabilitation continues in Vanuatu after last week’s disaster.




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