NATION

Vuaki Villagers Begin Replanting

  Vuaki is among villages in the Yasawa Group which felt the wrath of Tropical Cyclone Winston a week ago. Twenty-two houses were damaged plus two torn down by the
28 Feb 2016 07:30
Vuaki Villagers Begin Replanting
Student Felise Lesy at what used to be the Year 8 classroom at Nasomolevu Catholic School on Vuaki Village, Nacula, Yasawa. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

 

Vuaki is among villages in the Yasawa Group which felt the wrath of Tropical Cyclone Winston a week ago.

Twenty-two houses were damaged plus two torn down by the monster storm.

The villagers are now living on root crops left behind by Winston.

While Government and overseas relief help flows to areas devasted by the cyclone, Vuaki villagers are not sitting around waiting for help.

They have started replanting crops that can sustain them for a long while like cassava, yam and banana.

Village headman Etuate Ratudradra said: “It will take awhile, but we have to put in an effort to assist ourselves.

“The food we have at the moment can last for one week like cassava and breadfruit and yams are not matured yet.

“We need Government support and we are thankful to Turtle Island Resort for assisting us with the relief effort.”

He said some of the 22 houses that were damaged had their roof blown away while some suffered other structural damage.

“There are more than 100 houses with 50 families in the village. Majority of the villagers work at Turtle Island Resort.”

Nasomolevu Catholic School

Two teachers’ quarters and a Year 8 classroom at Nasomolevu Catholic School were destroyed.

The classroom was uprooted and thrown about 70 metres away from where it stood.

Headteacher Ricky Christopher Lesy said: “We have to navigate and put in strategies because education remains a top priority. We should open next Tuesday.

“We might have to combine classes. There was no casualty or fatality and small committees have been set up to encourage and counsel each other rather than leaving them alone.”

Mr Lesy said the school farm which feeds the 22 student boarders was also damaged.

“We need food assistance and our three 500 liters water tank was also damaged.”

The school has a roll of 110 – from Year One to Year Eight. Students are from Vuaki, Matacawalevu, Nanuya Lailai and Tavewa villages and Annadala Settlement.

Edited by Maikeli Seru

Feedback:  waisean@fijisun.com.fj

 

Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
error: