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Narrow Escape For Mavana Mother

A mother of a five-month-old baby boy was happy to have survived Tropical Cyclone (TC)  Winston. Milika Tuivadravadra, originally from Mavana Village, Vanuabalavu, Lau, now lives with her husband in his
26 Feb 2016 12:22
Narrow Escape For Mavana Mother

A mother of a five-month-old baby boy was happy to have survived Tropical Cyclone (TC)  Winston.

Milika Tuivadravadra, originally from Mavana Village, Vanuabalavu, Lau, now lives with her husband in his village at Avea Island – also in Vanuabalavu.

“All I could say is I am happy that my husband and son are alright and we are all safe after the severe damage done by Tropical Cyclone Winston on our island.

“It was on Saturday when strong winds hit our house and the walls collapsed,” Mrs Tuivadravadra said.

“My husband took my son and his brother’s baby to another house for shelter because the other members of the family were already there. But before we could reach that house for shelter, I felt that I stepped on the side of a roofing iron that was on the ground.

“I kept on moving but strong winds and heavy rain had blocked my way and I lost track of my husband and baby.

“Rain accompanied strong winds and I decided to take a shelter with two other villagers under a coconut tree. I felt my legs had gone numb and heavy and I could not move.

“My husband waved for me to take shelter with them under an ivi tree, but I was too weak to move and so he came to carry me to where they were.

“From there we took shelter at another house and waited for the winds to die down. I was later taken from Avea Village to Lomaloma Hospital and then to Suva by helicopter,” she said.

Edited by Maikeli Seru

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