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Dad Concerned About Children During Floods

Dad Concerned About Children During Floods
Ten-year-old Sakiusa Dredre of Nakaikogo Settlement with his family at the Nakaikogo Sanatan Dharam Primary School evacuation centre at Koronivia, Nausori yesterday. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga
December 20
12:00 2016

Sakuisa Moceilevu, 34, of Koronivia Road, Nausori was concerned about his children’s safety while witnessing other children playing in flood waters.
Living in the Koronivia area for more than 30 years, Mr Moceilevu said it was not the first time he had witnessed floods. He said the water rose in their homes around 6am on Sunday morning.
“Living for the past so many years in this place has made me experience a lot of hurricanes and flood.
“As a father, I am responsible to monitor my children and their whereabouts especially with the recent deaths of children drowning.
“Since the flood arose on Sunday morning, I have seen so many young children and boys playing in the water, swimming and rowing boats without any adult supervision,” Mr Moceilevu said.
He said he has been keeping a close eye on his three young children, getting them to stay indoors.
Melvin Maharaj, 21, of Koronivia Road, Nausori is worried for his family’s belongings while flood waters fill their home.
“My mother is currently overseas and it was just the two of us brothers at home when we woke up on Sunday morning with the house filled with flood water.
“For us, this is the first time we are facing this bad weather condition alone without our mother here to help us.
“We had stocked some food, emergency items and clothes for the cyclone season, but it got washed away yesterday,” Mr Maharaj said.
Farmer Mukesh Kumar, 46, lost about $7000 worth of vegetables and crops in the flood.
“I had just planned to harvest my plantation before Christmas or New Year’s, but everything is destroyed.
“My farm was my only source of income to provide food for my family and cater for my two daughters’ university expenses,” Mr Kumar said.
Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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