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Family Recounts Ordeal

A family in Davota, Tavua are counting their lucky stars after they managed to escape with no injuries. Mishal Vishali a teacher at Davota Sanatan Primary School clearly remembers that
26 Feb 2016 11:56
Family Recounts Ordeal
Navinish Chand 2 years and 10mnths with his grandfather inside the room where they were hiding during the massive destruction on saturday 20,february.

A family in Davota, Tavua are counting their lucky stars after they managed to escape with no injuries.

Mishal Vishali a teacher at Davota Sanatan Primary School clearly remembers that horrific night when Tropical Cyclone Winston struck mercilessly.

Her father-in-law, Subhash Chand, 53 and mother-in-law, Nirmala Devi, 50, hid underneath the bed during the event.

“My husband and I with our two-year 10-month-old son, Navinish Ayan Chand went under the table for safety,” she said.

“From 6pm Saturday to 6am Sunday we were all under there for protection.

“Suddenly the roof was shaking and we could hear and see the roof blown off by the strength of Cyclone Winston. There was heavy rain and there was leakage.

“The water was now knee-deep inside the house. Suddenly a tree branch hit the window. We had to use a rug to stop the strong wind and the glass from flying in our direction,” she said.

“We sat in water while my in-laws lay there until 6am Sunday til we knew it was safe for us to move around.”

The only food shared amongst them for 12 hours was half-a-loaf of bread

Despite their misfortune, the family were happy to have made it out alive.

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