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Widow Lives A Bleak Future

A 69-year-old widow is contemplating how she would live her coming days after her one bedroom wooden house was severely damaged when Tropical Cyclone Winston hit Nasau Village in Koro on
25 Feb 2016 12:18
Widow Lives A Bleak Future
Contemplating what the future holds. Three year old Vka Admasavu stands at a hill looking down at what's left of Nakodu village on Koro after TC Winston at the village last Saturday.Photo:Aqela Susu

A 69-year-old widow is contemplating how she would live her coming days after her one bedroom wooden house was severely damaged when Tropical Cyclone Winston hit Nasau Village in Koro on Saturday.

Susana Tuilakeba has been living alone since her husband, Alifereti Sigani, died in 2003 of hypertension.

Mrs Tuilakeba also has to look for means to provide for her daily livelihood since then.

Following the aftermath of TC Winston, she said starting all over again seems daunting.

“We are now being sheltered here at the school but this will only be for a while. I do not know what will happen to me and other people affected like me after this,” said an emotional Mrs Tuilakeba.

Last Saturday morning, she was alone at home when one of her siblings called from Tavua to tell her to move to higher ground because of the monster cyclone forecasted to hit the island.

“I was at home. Around 8am the walls to my room was blown off. I ran to a house behind mine and hid underneath it from 8am to 6pm because the wind was so strong and there were debris and corrugated iron flying around.”

After 6pm she then ran for shelter at the school.

“My only prayer was that I don’t get injured and I only want to survive this scary ordeal,” she said.

“Now I look around and count myself lucky that although I went through a hard and trying time, I was able to live through it.”

 

Feedback: aqela.susu@fijisun.com.fj

 



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