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26 Staff Quarters, Eight Classrooms Damaged

Twenty-six staff quarters and eight classrooms at Queen Victoria School in Tailevu were badly damaged by Tropical Cyclone Winston on Saturday night. Principal Silivio Vueti said all the staff and
22 Feb 2016 09:48
26 Staff Quarters, Eight  Classrooms Damaged
Beddings, clothes, soaked as students of Queen Victoria School clean up after Cyclone Winston yesterday. Photo: Rama

Twenty-six staff quarters and eight classrooms at Queen Victoria School in Tailevu were badly damaged by Tropical Cyclone Winston on Saturday night.

Principal Silivio Vueti said all the staff and the students had prepared well when they started receiving advisories from the Ministry of Education.

However, the damage left behind by TC Winston spoke volumes of the strength of the cyclone, the strongest to have hit Fiji.

“It was a traumatic experience for the students and staff of QVS; the short period during which the cyclone struck the school,” Mr Vueti said.

The principal, who has been head of the school for two years, said this was one of the school’s worst disasters.

He said the teachers and students went through a terrifying experience.

He was however glad that there were no reports of injuries or casualties.

“The students who dorms were destroyed were evacuated to the recreation room at the school and were all safe,” he said.

There are 716 students boarding at the school.

Meanwhile, boarding students were yesterday sent home.

This, Mr Vueti said was to avoid the risks of any outbreaks at the school because of the contaminated water and the damages to their dormitory.

The school’s main office, physics lab and computer lab were also damaged.

 

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