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20 Plus Homes Destroyed in Yasawa-i-Rara

YASAWA-I-RARA More than 20 homes were destroyed in Yasawa-i-Rara, according to Turtle Island Resort and Turtle Island Airways director Richard Evanson (Junior). The resort is helping assess the amount of
26 Feb 2016 11:46
20 Plus Homes Destroyed in Yasawa-i-Rara

YASAWA-I-RARA

More than 20 homes were destroyed in Yasawa-i-Rara, according to Turtle Island Resort and Turtle Island Airways director Richard Evanson (Junior).

The resort is helping assess the amount of damage left behind by Tropical Cyclone Winston last weekend.

Mr Evanson (Jnr) said two homes were destroyed by the cyclone at Matacawalevu Village, 12 at Vuaki Village and eight at Yaqeta – with more homes suffering significant damage. Some had their roofs or walls blown away.

“We sent boats out to our neighbours over the last three days and also performed an assessment of villages near to us – Matacawalevu, Yaqeta, Vuaki and Enadala Settlement,” Mr Evanson (Jnr) said.

“Fortunately there were no injuries. Enadala Settlement didn’t lose any homes and there were no major damage.”

 

Water supply and food ration

He said the water supply to the villages was not affected, but they have food supply for about three days because crops were destroyed by the cyclone.

“We hope to co-ordinate with our mainland counterparts on bringing some urgent supplies for the villages to last them until Government assistance can reach them,” he said.

 

Turtle Islands ready to assist NDMO

Mr Evanson (Jnr) said they had approached the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) yesterday to offer their planes to assist in damage assessment in Yasawa.

“All other resort properties in our area are doing okay, they have also been notified earlier on that our planes are operational and available the day after the cyclone for any medical evacuation and/or urgent supplies needed by their resorts.”

He said Turtle Airways was also on standby to assist anyone who might have people lost at sea.

“As with all other assistance after the cyclone, this will be done free of charge, covering mainly the Yasawa, Bligh Water and Mamanuca waters. Anyone who is stranded on the mainland or needs assistance returning to their villages here in the Yasawas, we will have transport going back and forth, and can provide this free of charge in emergency situations.

“Now we move toward rebuilding and moving forward once again. Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences to those who may have lost loved ones through Tropical Cyclone Winston.”

 

No major damage to island resort

He said on Turtle Island Resort it was fortunate to have no structural damages.

“We still have our dock in place as well. We are three days into our clean up and should complete the lodge area which is about 32 acres in another four days.”

Mr Evanson (Jnr) said roads to critical points around the island including the main resort area had been opened, having 110 staff onsite assisting with the clean-up.

“Everyone was safe through the cyclone and we were fortunate enough to have radio communication throughout the storm, so was able to communicate with Turtle Airways and with the four different locations around the island where we had set up shelters. All our planes were safe, and no injuries as well with our Turtle Airways team,” he said.

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