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Koronivia Family Loses $4000 Worth Of Belongings

  With her husband being the sole breadwinner in the family, Somal Radhika Chand along with their only son are finding it hard to recover after heavy rain caused flooding
22 Jan 2019 10:00
Koronivia Family Loses  $4000 Worth Of Belongings
4-year-old Antriskh Lal in front of his home in Waidamudamu Settlement in Koronivia on January 21, 2019. Photo: Sheenam Chandra.

 

With her husband being the sole breadwinner in the family, Somal Radhika Chand along with their only son are finding it hard to recover after heavy rain caused flooding on Sunday.

A pregnant Ms Chand, 25, and her family were one of the many whose houses were affected during heavy rain at Waidamudamu Settlement in Koronivia.

“After we got married in Labasa, I came with my husband in 2011 hoping for a better future for our family,” Ms Chand said.

“However, this area is prone to flooding and the drainage system is poor.

“The last flooding we encountered was during December and now in January. But in December we managed to clean our houses. This time around, all the furniture and our belongings has been completely damaged by floodwaters.”

Somal Radhika Chand indicates the water level of the flooding at Waidamudamu Settlement in Koronivia on January 21, 2019. Photo: Sheenam Chandra

Somal Radhika Chand indicates the water level of the flooding at Waidamudamu Settlement in Koronivia on January 21, 2019. Photo: Sheenam Chandra

Husband, Abinesh Chandra Lal, who is a driver by profession said the total damage by the floodwaters was around $4000.

“Flood waters entered our house many times, but this is the most severe one that we have encountered,” he said.

“The Government has developed this area, but for some time now, the work has been halted and this affects our livelihood.

“There is no proper drainage system that floodwaters can seep into, hence, silt, mud and excess water are a common occurrence here during heavy rain.”

Ms Chand said they needed to be enlightened by the Government if there would be any developments taking place in the area or not.

“If there is no sort of development taking place, please tell us so that we can relocate elsewhere,” she said.

“We have no proper electrification because Government has said they would provide electricity for us people. Since 2017, we have been told that plans had been made to provide us with electricity.

“However, we are still using solar power here and during this rainy weather we have to use lantern and candles.”

There are about 271 houses and more than 30 houses that were affected in the recent flooding.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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