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Man Swims Across Flooded Bridge To Save Cattle

Man Swims Across Flooded Bridge To Save Cattle
Taitosi Qoli (left) and Emoni Rasaqa of Savu Village cross the flooded Naqali road to their farm in Naitasiri on April 11, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
April 12
11:00 2018

Emoni Rasaqa had to swim across the flooded Naqali Bridge in Naitasiri to ensure his cattle were safe.

Mr Rasaqa, 35, of Savu Village in Naitasiri, owns a root crop planta­tion and has more than 40 cattle,

He was worried because some of his cattle were injured during Trop­ical Cyclone Keni on Tuesday.

He said he had to brave the flood waters and mud to get to his farm.

He was advised by a friend not to cross the flooded area because it could be dangerous for him, but he was determined to ensure his cattle were safe.

“I was more worried about my cattle than the crops because I know the crops would have been ruined already, but I did not want any harm to come to my cattle,” Mr Rasaqa said.

“I have been a farmer for more than 10 years now and this is the only income my family and I live on.

“When the heavy rain started, I knew that my crops will be ruined, but I wanted my cattle to be safe and secured at a better place.

“I could not go out to see them in the heavy rain. So I decided to visit them in the morning.

“When I reached the main road in the morning and saw the flood, I got more troubled and did not have any other choice, but to cross the flood by swimming through,” Mr Rasaqa said.

He eventually managed to gather his cattle and ensured all were safe, even though a few got injured during the heavy rain and strong winds.

Edited by Percy Kean


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