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Cyclone Lands Family Of Nine In Hospital

Lying helplessly on his hospital bed; Jainesh Karan of Tuvavatu community in Rakiraki described last Saturday’s event as a night he will never forget. He with family members of nine
24 Feb 2016 13:11
Cyclone Lands Family Of Nine In Hospital
Jainesh Karan at the CWM Hospital yesterday. Photo: Luisa Qiolevu

Lying helplessly on his hospital bed; Jainesh Karan of Tuvavatu community in Rakiraki described last Saturday’s event as a night he will never forget.

He with family members of nine were transferred to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva after sustaining injuries as their home was badly damaged Cyclone Winston.

He is a Year 13 student of Rakiraki Public High School and is the youngest of three siblings in the family.

Jainesh and his family were all at home when furious Winston uprooted their roof top and the family flew out of their house leaving them helplessly in the dark.

He said: “Everything happened so quickly, I was helping my father to fix the shutters on our windows while the rest of the family was inside.

“When we finished fixing up shutters, we all gathered in one room and within a split second, we heard a loud crash on top of our roof.

“It was our front balcony that got blown off and landed on the roof top.

“Our neighbours were kind enough to let us stay in their house and they even helped transporting the nine of us to the Rakiraki hospital.

“We were then transported to the hospital on the very next day which was Sunday when the river currents was low,” he said.

The family was transported to Suva by their relatives from Nausori who went down to Rakiraki to help them get to Suva.

This was after a Rakiraki Hospital staff member told them that there was no water and electricity at the hospital.

 

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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