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70-Year-Old Recalls Terror

It was three tidal waves brought in by Tropical Cyclone Winston that destroyed our estate last Saturday at 2pm, said 70-year-old Anne Miller. Ms Miller recalled that terrifying moment when
25 Feb 2016 11:07
70-Year-Old Recalls Terror
Anne Miller in the wheelchair after her left ankle was hit by a roofing iron during the cyclone Winston. She is accompanied by her family members at Nukunuve Estate, Nukubalavu Road in Savusavu yesterday. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

It was three tidal waves brought in by Tropical Cyclone Winston that destroyed our estate last Saturday at 2pm, said 70-year-old Anne Miller.

Ms Miller recalled that terrifying moment when she was with her 14-year-old granddaughter at Nukunuve Estate on Nukubalavu Road in Savusavu.

The mother of seven children, 25 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren said she had never experienced such kind of terror.

She said she was cooking when she saw the first wave heading toward land.

“I quickly grabbed my granddaughter and we hid under the bed while my son stood at the door brave enough to stop the water from coming in.

Unfortunately she said, a four by two timber dropped from the roof and hit her left ankle.

Her son ran to help her.

“Within a few seconds two waves came and carried all our belongings into the sea,” she said.

There are 12 houses in the estate with more than 50 people.

“The youngest member in this estate is a year-old baby boy and one of his parents held him against their chests while they were hiding under some fallen coconut trees for more than an hour,” Ms Miller said.

“Later in the evening the parents found out the baby had breathing problems because of the rain and cold and rushed him to the Savusavu Hospital.

She thanked Nawi Island Limited and Bligh Water Shipping who helped them with clothes and food.

 

 

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

Feedback:  shratikan@fijisun.com.fj



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