NATION

Sand Storm Hit Village: Headman

About 20 houses were damaged at Solevu Village on Malolo Island in the Mamanuca Group. This was confirmed by village elder, Samuela Nasilasila. The 57-year-old said Tropical Cyclone Winston brought
25 Feb 2016 09:30
Sand Storm Hit Village:  Headman
Tree fell on the quarters in Solevu, Malolo.

About 20 houses were damaged at Solevu Village on Malolo Island in the Mamanuca Group.

This was confirmed by village elder, Samuela Nasilasila.

The 57-year-old said Tropical Cyclone Winston brought beach sand storm and rain.

“We could feel something like a sand storm as there was not much rain,” he said.

“We all took refuge in the strong house in the middle of the village. About 20 homes were damaged and Ratu Lalabalavu Secondary School sustained damage.”

He said another hurdle was their food source since the village relied on breadfruit, coconut and fruits.

“Now we have been cut off from the rest of the world, a lot of houses were damaged, but luckily no one sustained major injuries.”

He said there were about 200 villagers who took shelter during the cyclone.

Divisional planning officer West Sitiveni Tavaga said the Western Division Emergency Operations Centre confirmed that the naval vessel HMS Kiro left Lautoka at 10am yesterday with relief rations.

He said the vessel could only carry supplies for Waya Lailai and Waya Levu islands.

“We have worked out the logistics for the vessel to carry the ration which has the capacity for the villagers of the two islands,” he said.

He said HMS Vunilagi which had a bigger capacity to carry ration and supplies would be based in the West to service its maritime zone including Vatulele Island.

“We have made arrangements to have the vessel to assist us in the West to service the remainder of the maritime zone including the Yasawa Group, Mamanuca Group and Vatulele,” he said.

He said there had been no contact with the rest of the outer islands because of power cut off and damaged infrastructure.

“What we have gathered from Waya Lailai is that there has been only structural damages and we can say that will be for the rest of the islands,” he said.

“The team of Government officials including RFMF personnel will deliver the ration and conduct assessments. By now we know that root crops had been damaged as well.”

Meanwhile, Mr Tavaga said there was no damage received on Nacula Village while Yaqeta Village in Yasawa sustained major damage including four homes which were completely destroyed.



Five Square diwali dhamaka 2021


Get updates from the Fiji Sun, handpicked and delivered to your inbox.


By entering your email address you're giving us permission to send you news and offers. You can opt-out at any time.


Tower Insurance
FNPF
Covid 19 - SPC
Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper