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Unforgettable Experience

Mereani Bole, a 56-year-old housewife of Naveria Heights in Savusavu will never forget the day she ran with her daughter to hide under her house during Tropical Cyclone Winston. “At
25 Feb 2016 11:02
Unforgettable Experience
Merani Bole with her husband Aseri Robarobalevu sitting on the flooring of their house at Naveria Heights in Savusavu yesterday. Photo: SHRATIKA NAIDU

Mereani Bole, a 56-year-old housewife of Naveria Heights in Savusavu will never forget the day she ran with her daughter to hide under her house during Tropical Cyclone Winston.

“At around 2pm on Saturday,  strong winds blew away the roof of my house,” Mrs Bole said.

“As soon as I opened the door, a roofing iron landed right on my doorstep.”

She said she held her 19-year-old daughter’s hand, waited a few minutes and then took shelter under the house.

“But I soon realised everything from my house was going to be blown away.”

In that moment, she made a life-and-death decision to run to her father’s house, which was a three-minute walking distance.

“In the heat of the moment while  deciding to run or not, another roofing iron flew out of nowhere.”

“My daughter was able to run fast, but I couldn’t and suddenly another roofing iron flew past me.”

But she said, she finally made it.

“My parents quickly pushed the sofa to close the door and we sat against it.

“When the weather was calm my husband, Aseri Robarobalevu returned from work.

“We saw there was no housing structure. We didn’t go to the evacuation centre because it has been only two years since we built our house.

“We’ve decided to clean-up quickly and start rebuilding again. And we don’t want to burden Government.”

Mr Robarobalevu thanked the Bethany Assembly of God church in Savusavu for building a temporary house which they will occupy until their house if complete.

 

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

Feedback:  shratikan@fijisun.com.fj



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