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Plastic Bag Saves Baby’s Life In Nukubalavu, Bua

A plastic bag saved the life of a 3-month-old baby in Nukubalavu settlement, Bua, Vanua Levu when tidal waves swamped the family home at the height of Tropical Cyclone Winston around
27 Feb 2016 14:14
Plastic Bag Saves Baby’s Life In Nukubalavu, Bua
Ulamila Teresia and her three children all survived the brunt of a tidal wave and TC Winston

A plastic bag saved the life of a 3-month-old baby in Nukubalavu settlement, Bua, Vanua Levu when tidal waves swamped the family home at the height of Tropical Cyclone Winston around midday last Saturday.

The baby’s mum, Ulamila Teresia, huddled her three children inside their home when gusts of wind lifted off their roof and threw it metres away. Her husband got them out before anyone got hurt. She grabbed a plastic bag she could lay her hands on and wrapped her baby, grabbed the two older ones – three-year-old and 12-month-old – and dashed for their neighbour’s home.

At around 2pm, the neighbour’s house started shaking and in a flash, the roof flew off exposing Ms Teresia and her kids and their neighbour’s family to the harsh winds and rain.

Ms Teresia grabbed her kids again and ran outside, braced against the remaining wall that was still standing in waist deep water and stayed that way until the break of dawn.

With numbed feet and hands, she shook her kids to see if they were still alive and silently cried when she found her baby sleeping peacefully in the plastic bag.

When the Global Compassion team arrived with food rations, she and her husband breathed a sigh of relief and knew they would have food for the next few days and was grateful to share their story because they still have their kids alive with them today.

Their story is just one of the many that Global Compassion teams meet on their distribution rounds.

A total of 380 cartons of food rations were delivered to villages in the tikinas of Vuya and Nadi in Bua. At first light yesterday morning, another 400 cartons were offloaded at Nabouwalu for further distribution in the greater Bua area including Kubulau and Wainunu districts.

Distribution to Yacata in Vanua Levu, Vanuabalavu, Koro, Levuka and isolated villages in the Rakiraki/Ra area are also scheduled for this weekend.

Whilst teams were deployed to continuous surveys and distribution, phone calls and messages via social media kept pouring in from families seeking relief supplies to outer islands and isolated communities and settlements. As a result, we have mobilised all church networks around the country conducting surveys and delivering assistance within 24 hours.

At first light today, three truckloads of supplies will be distributed to 13 villages in the isolated areas of Rakiraki and Ra.

Global Compassion aims to provide immediate assistance to bridge the need while Government is conducting assessments and co-ordinating national relief efforts. The organisation is working in consultation with the DISMAC team at the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO)

Founder and president of CMFI, Reverend Suliasi Kurulo mobilised Global Compassion disaster relief operations, immediately following the onslaught of Tropical Cyclone Winston at the weekend.

Global Compassion welcomes donations from those willing to partner with them on the purchase of food items as packing continues at the Food Distribution Centre in Kinoya.

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