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Women lose husbands to huge waves

  Two women who both lost their husbands to huge waves that swept through Nasau Village in Koro last Saturday night now only have memories of them. Litia Gucake, 58,
24 Feb 2016 15:03
Women lose husbands  to huge waves
Litia Gucake. Photo: Aqela Susu

 

Two women who both lost their husbands to huge waves that swept through Nasau Village in Koro last Saturday night now only have memories of them.

Litia Gucake, 58, and Vani Levacibau, 53 lost their husbands, Lenaitasi Gucake, 66, and Luke Levacibau, 49, while trying to get to safety during the height of Cyclone Winston.

Mrs Gucake said they were at home when her husband told her to take shelter at a neibouring home for shelter.

Mrs Gucake’s husband told her to go back to their home to get her phone and lunch.

“We stayed inside that house when huge waves came crashing in and took us out. We drifted away but I held onto him. We reached a point where we both wanted to surface but the tree branches were strangling him,” Mrs Gucake said.

“I held onto him and I could feel his hands gripping mine. He then went down for at least 15 minutes and when he came up I could see white stuff coming out from his nose and mouth. I knew he was dead.

“I left him there and kept swimming. I didn’t want to go because I couldn’t leave him but I had to,” said an emotional Mrs Gucake.

Mrs Levacibau’s husband used to drive a carrier to transport school students.

“Our house and everything has been destroyed and swept away. I do not even have a photograph of him. All I have now are the memories we shared while trying to save both our lives,” she said.

 

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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