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Teacher’s Wife Leaves With All She Found

Emali Niutabua of Dreketi Village on Qamea Island chose her steps wisely as she walked up the mud-littered front yard of her home a day after the landslide which has
20 Dec 2016 13:15
Teacher’s Wife Leaves With All She Found
Emali Nitabua makes her way out of her landslide hit home yesterday. Photo: Josaia Ralago

Emali Niutabua of Dreketi Village on Qamea Island chose her steps wisely as she walked up the mud-littered front yard of her home a day after the landslide which has left many homeless in their village.

She gasped as she walked into her home in search of things to salvage from the wreck but to no avail.

Ms Niutabua is married to a teacher at the Dreketi District School which had been destroyed by the landslide. She resides at the school compound.

“The mud slammed against the side of my house and broke through it.

“My husband and my two elder children are in Suva and so when the first landslide occurred, we escaped down to our relatives,” she said as she shed a tear.

The things she had come in to search for were all buried in their three-bedroom house which she had locked before she escaped to safety with her two children.

All she managed to save was a doormat and a handbag of clothes.

“I am so scared to move around the house or even come close to it as it is very shaky and I might be buried with the rest of the house might I make a wrong move,” Ms Niutabua said.

The 31-year-old yesterday, fled to a neighbouring settlement of Natakala with some others after a row of houses on a hill crumbled following the first landslide.

“I do not know if we will be able to stay here again, I just came to check if there was anything to save,” Ms Niutabua said.

“But all our things has been buried in the mud and right now, my family’s safety is paramount and so we have moved to the neighbouring settlement in the meantime.”

Edited by Maraia Vula

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