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Villagers Believe They Were Saved By God’s Grace

We were saved by God’s grace. These were the exact sentiments shared by most villagers of Nataleira Village in Tailevu. The monster attack of Cyclone Winston brought huge tidal waves
24 Feb 2016 13:35
Villagers Believe They  Were Saved By God’s Grace
Dtiti Village headman Esira Waqalevu of Dawasamu shows the damage done by Winston in his village. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

We were saved by God’s grace.

These were the exact sentiments shared by most villagers of Nataleira Village in Tailevu.

The monster attack of Cyclone Winston brought huge tidal waves which swept through the village.

When the Fiji Sun team visited the village yesterday, the villagers were collecting their belongings.

Ninety-four-year-old Vani Dakuwaqa, who had been bedridden for sometime  said: “I have never felt such fear in my life, I have experienced a number of cyclones which hit Fiji but the one I experienced on Saturday was more than what any human could expect,” Ms Dakuwaqa said.

“I wore the same wet clothes from Saturday night until Sunday afternoon when my clothes finally dried up.”

Another villager, Tavalisa Waqa said her family was being battered by strong winds and tidal waves for about two hours while seeking refuge in a boat.

“I have four and my youngest kid is one-year-two- months old, they were soaking in their wet clothes,”Mrs Waqa said.

“My children’s mouths were covered with salt water and I had to massage their backs to get the water out of their mouth,” she said.

Mrs Waqa believed it was through loved ones’ prayers that the family survived.

Seventy-year-old villager Sireli Ratei described Saturday, February 20 as ‘Judgement Day’.

“I felt like the world was going to end,”Mr Ratei said.

“The only advice I gave to the villagers while taking shelter at the village was to repeat a prayer of repentance and forgiveness from God,”he said.

The village is a forty-five minute drive from the dairy district of Korovou Town.

Nataleira Eco Lodge

Villagers of Nataleira said that luckily no tourists had checked in at the Eco Lodge last weekend.

The village lodge offers uncommercialised beachfront accommodation.

EDITED BY: FILIPE NAIGULEVU

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