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How Will My Daughters Survive? Asks Widow With Tearful Eyes

The father of two children was buried alive after he was trapped in the hole he helped dig as part of wa­ter maintenance repairs in Labasa on Sunday evening. The
16 Jan 2018 11:00
How Will My Daughters Survive? Asks Widow With Tearful Eyes
Arieta Kanailagi (second from the right) with her extended family mourning over the death of her husband- Tomasi Kanailagi at Nailawa in Labasa on January 15. Photo: Shratika Naidu

The father of two children was buried alive after he was trapped in the hole he helped dig as part of wa­ter maintenance repairs in Labasa on Sunday evening.

The incident happened at Damanu Street in the central area of Labasa.

Ms Kanailagi said her husband did their daughter’s Year Three shopping on Saturday and on Sun­day he didn’t feel like going to work because he wanted to help their daughter prepare well for her going back to school.

“When the company vehicle came twice asking for Timoci to come to work he dropped everything and went saying that he doesn’t want to see anyone disappointed,” Ms Ka­nailagi said.

“After work, Timoci always goes to the back of the house to take off his overalls because he is always cov­ered with mud.

“Then he knocks on the door for us to open and he runs straight to his daughters to hug and greet them.

“That Sunday night I could only hear the sound of vehicles and saw many police officers and his work­mates at the doorstep.

“I then realised something bad happened and called my father-in-law to talk to them while I held to my one year and 11 months old baby girl outside.

“I was shattered when I was told that Timoci died,” she said with tears in her eyes.

“The company that he worked for told me that after Tomasi finished work he tried to climb out of the hole.

“He told his workmate to leave and suddenly he went back inside the hole and the loose soil on the edge fell and covered him.

“No one knows why he went back inside the hole.”

“Timoci has worked for Water Au­thority of Fiji for many years and he was their Occupational Health and Safety Officer and at the job site. He was the team leader in­structing people what to do,” she said. “What went wrong I don’t know?

“I didn’t know that my seven years of marriage will come to an end like this.

“Timoci was the breadwinner of the house and without him, I don’t know how my two daughters will survive.”

Meanwhile, Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said they were wait­ing for the results of the post mor­tem as the investigation continues.

Mr Kanailagi, originally from Viwa Village in the province of Tai­levu, was part of a team contracted by the WAF to repair underground pipes.

Edited by Percy Kean

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