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Families Play Safe After Cyclone Winston, Brace For Strong Winds

Families Play Safe After Cyclone Winston, Brace For Strong Winds
Shabana Nisha,and Rakesh Kumar and Shanil Shafiz board up their home in Lovu Lautoka. Photo: Lusi Banuve
February 14
11:09 2018

Jagdish Chand of Lovu in Lautoka, wasted no time after returning from his errands yesterday as he boarded up his home, putting extra nails into his roof and making sure food supply was in stock at home.

When Fiji Sun News visited him, Mr Chand was on the roof of his house hammering away.

“While it is still daylight I want to do all this so I can have my family secure inside at night when the rain and the wind come,” he said.

“We have learnt from TC Winston. Never again will I take the warnings for granted. It is better to be safe and so we are taking precautions.”

Next door neighbours Shabana Nisha and Rakesh Kumar were also boarding up their windows.

“We have learnt from TC Winston. This afternoon we bought our supplies, and stored up on water, kerosene and other essentials.”

“You never know what can happen so it’s best to prepare.”

At Natabua seaside, families secured their belongings and started nailing roofing iron over their windows in preparation for the winds and rain.

At Namoli in Lautoka, flatmates Riya Nand, Asena Kalouvinaka and Temalesi Siga were shopping for canned foods, candles and other things that they would need should TC Gita hit Viti Levu.

“We all work together and so we decided that each one would look after a section, like Asena is buying canned foods and kerosene, I’m getting batteries, torches, snacks and other little stuff and Tema is getting cords, pegs etc to hang our clothes on,” Ms Nand said.

“We have stored water and our landlord has already put shutters on our windows and secured the garage.”

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback:  lusiana.banuve@fijisun.com.fj

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