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Vatoa Suffers $50K Worth Of Destruction

Vatoa Suffers $50K Worth Of Destruction
January 19
09:44 2016

Government is expected to spend more than $50,000 alone for infrastructure damage on Vatoa Island.

Acting Divisional Planning officer Eliki Masa confirmed the amount saying two houses were fully destroyed while five were partially damaged on the island during the cyclone.

Cama Rasolo, 82, of Vatoa Village said Cyclone Ula struck early in the morning.

“I was with my wife early in the morning at 5am when we started to feel strong winds and rain. Luckily my wife went ahead of me to take shelter in the church because the next gust of strong winds brought my whole house down,” he said.

“I got out just in time and I’m lucky to be alive.” He said they were now living with their son in the village.

Meanwhile it was a great Sunday morning for the villagers of Vatoa when the cyclone Ula assessment team made up of Government officials and departmental representatives arrived with food rations and clothes.

Acting DPO Masa said the food rations that would be distributed among the families could last them a month.

However, he said they would not be  able to reveal any further details of their assessment because the Disaster Management Council chaired by the Prime Minister will be meeting this Friday and decisions will be done based on that report.


Challenges: Water and shipping

Water and shipping have been the two major issues affecting the villages after the cyclone.

Two school students, Railala Vuli of Nabua Secondary School and Rositalei Ledua of Nasinu Secondary School, will be missing the first week of school because the boat expected to bring school back to Suva won’t come until Thursday. The two students are still stranded on the island.

Rositalei said they came there for holidays and were supposed to return to Suva two weeks ago but there was no boat.

And villager Leba Lea said they had been relying on the rain for water but the dryspell has seriously affected the island. However they said while the cyclone did damage, it also brought them much needed rain. Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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