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Double Blow For Vunisa

Double Blow For Vunisa
Litiana Naileqe, Mereani Wati, Manasa Vunisa, Sainimere Voce and Vani Railala at Narewa church in Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
April 06
10:50 2016

Manasa Vunisa has suffered a lot during the last few weeks.

On February 20, his home in Nadogoloa, Burewai, in Ra was destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Winston and on Monday he was again beset by floodwaters when the Nadi River burst its bank.

He was among the 120 people that took shelter at the Methodist Church in Narewa that night.

“I was here in Narewa and we could hear the siren of the water level increasing, so we decided to move to the shelter,” Mr Vunisa said.

“On February 20, I was in Narewa and when I returned to the village later my house in Bureiwai had been destroyed right to the foundation.”

Mr Vunisa said he did manage to gather a few materials and built a house smaller than the previous one.

“I returned on Saturday with my wife to see my three daughters and was surprised to see the floodwaters there in Narewa.” He said they were lucky not to have suffered as he did during Cyclone Winston.


Youths assist in Narewa Village

Assistant headman of Narewa Village Vilimoni Tabuanitoga said people had been arriving inside the church since 9am on Monday.

“We have been prone to a lot of floods in Nadi, so this time around we gathered all the youths to take charge and direct people to the church for shelter,” he said.

“We had water rising to knee level in some of the homes in the villages.”

Mr Tabuanitoga has urged those taking shelter not to take risks, especially during this bad weather as it might trigger more flooding during the cyclone season Fiji is encountering. WAISEA NASOKIA




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