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Her Sister’s Body Still Missing 10 Years After Tragedy

The Year 11 student of Naiyala High School said the tragedy that happened to her family still felt like yesterday.
20 Sep 2019 12:28
Her Sister’s Body Still Missing 10 Years After Tragedy
Seruwaia Ikatoga still remembers how her two older sisters and brother were buried under the landslide at Malabe Village in Tailevu Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Ten years later, Seruwaia Ikatoga still misses her sister, Litiana Adikalou.

Litiana’s body was never found after she was hit by a landslide while walking along the Kings Highway from Wailotua to their village at Malabe in Wainibuka. It was January 2009 and she was with her cousin, Jokaveti Butorua.

Jokaveti was found in a plantation about 400 metres from where the landslide happened. A third girl who was with them managed to escape the landslide.

The Year 11 student of Naiyala High School said the tragedy that happened to her family still felt like yesterday.

“The memories are still fresh and we still talk about her at home,” Ms Ikatoga said.

“I was only 5 years old when that happened and it has left me to be my parents’ eldest of two children.”

Her sister was 18 when she died.

“Now that my parents are depending on me, I will make sure to make them proud.”

Ms Ikatoga was at the Walesi Digital Television launch in Naveicovatu Village on Wednesday.

She said with access to TV stations, it would contribute to her goals especially watching educational shows and watching the news daily.

With her interest in Climate Change, she said it would also update her on the impacts of climate change around the world.

“I thank the Government for providing the villagers and especially to us students this opportunity.”

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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