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More Heroic Acts, This Time In Silana Village, Tailevu

Semi Kalisinu, 49, of Silana Village in Tailevu was one of the heroic stories of Tropical Cyclone Winston. Despite a foot injury he sustained during the height of the cyclone,
25 Feb 2016 09:16
More Heroic Acts, This Time In Silana Village, Tailevu
Semi Kalisinu of Silana Village.

Semi Kalisinu, 49, of Silana Village in Tailevu was one of the heroic stories of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Despite a foot injury he sustained during the height of the cyclone, he risked his own life to save fellow villagers.

Mr Kalisinu led the villagers to shelter at the Silana Primary School after strong winds and huge waves damaged the village community hall that they were sheltering in.

He was in tears on Tuesday when he related the horrific moments while braving strong winds and rain to get others to safety.

Village headman Meli Rabaka said the whole village was sheltering in the community hall when its roof was blown off followed by a tidal wave.

He said they had to move quickly to the school by climbing through a window.

“This was where Kalisinu took the lead and guided people to the school,” he said.

Mr Kalisinu said he cut his toe with a roofing iron which had blown off a roof.

“It was really painful, but I kept it to myself because if I Iet them know, many would lose hope,” he said.

“From the hall to the school it was just a five minute walk, but on that night, it took them more than 30 minutes.”

Mr Kalisinu said when all were safe; he knew he had played his role.

He said an elderly woman had predicted it was her ‘final day’ and had kept insisting to be left alone.

Her lifeless body was later found at the school.

 

Nasinu Village

Nasinu Village assistant headman, Vuniani Dakuwaqa, 32, said the village was full on Sunday because they held the  funeral of their tribe chief (liuliu ni yavusa), Eroni Lotu, 82, last Saturday.

Some relatives who came from Suva, Nadroga and Lautoka, had spent the Sunday at the village.

He said the village was badly affected by destructive winds and tidal waves. Most of the houses were damaged.

Villagers Elaisa Mavoa and Unaisi Lala both 74, described TC Winston as the strongest cyclone they had experienced.

“We have to learn from this and prepare us for the next life,” Ms Mavoa said.

 

8 saved by double-bed

Vuniani Dakuwaqa, 68, said except for two houses at Lolomalevu Settlement, all the others were damaged.

He related a story of how eight people who had sheltered at the house of their church chaplain, Reverend Mataiasi Kamunaga.

When the roof was blown away, they sought shelter under a steel double-bed. He said they were there when a breadfruit tree fell and a coconut tree fell on the house and landed on the bed.

“It was a wonder how they survived,” he said.

“It was only through God’s will.”

 

47 houses in Driti damaged

Of the 50 houses in the Driti Village, 47 were damaged.

Village headman Esira Waqa said he could not say musj as the damage had told the story.

“All I can say that  Cyclone Winston was the strongest cyclone we have experienced when compared to the others,” he said.

 

Relief supplies for Qelekuro

Village headman Autiko Nadini said relief supplies from the                                                                           Assemblies of God at Boron Road arrived yesterday.

He said they were hit badly by the cyclone and a tidal wave.

He said he would also withdraw some money from the village account to buy pinch bars, saws, nails and other carpentry tools for villagers to start rebuilding their homes.

On the dead woman that had been reported in the dailies, he said she was still in the hospital waiting for post mortem.



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