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Flooding Dampens People Spirit in Navua Settlements

  Semesa Bure was shattered after his belongings were completely destroyed by flood waters on Thursday. The 65-year-old farmer has been residing at Ruqui Settlement in Navua for the last
17 Dec 2016 11:38
Flooding Dampens People Spirit in Navua Settlements
Samesa Bure 65 move to high ground as his house got flooded at Ruqui settlment in Navua. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

 

Semesa Bure was shattered after his belongings were completely destroyed by flood waters on Thursday.

The 65-year-old farmer has been residing at Ruqui Settlement in Navua for the last 20 years with his wife.

“My house was destroyed during Tropical Cyclone Winston,” Mr Bure said.

“I struggled to rebuild my house and it cost me around $5000.”

He said 2016 was not a good year for him and his family, because not only was he able to save his belongings from the flood waters, his crops and vegetable farm were destroyed too.

Even the thought of rebuilding his house again and the struggle he had to go through again shatters Mr Bure.

For the last few days he said it was raining heavily and he had to take shelter at another house in the village.

“I am thankful my family members are safe,” he said.

Another resident Anare Tuinicagi said: “Our area usually gets flooded when there is high tide.

“But, the water does not enter the houses.”

He said the adverse weather conditions they’ve been experiencing was one of the worst.

Mr Tuinicagi said the main cause of flooding in their area was poor drainage.

Meanwhile, farms in Tokotoko, Navua was also flooded and most of the root crops and vegetables were destroyed.

Resident Saten Singh could only watch from his home.

“I have been farming for the last 10 years and because of poor drainage, my crops were always destroyed,” Mr Singh said.

“I have made loss of about $500.”

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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