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Women Take Advantage Of Fish In Abundance

"For these women, heavy rain means that certain types of fish are in abundance and a good catch could make a decent meal for fami­lies."
29 Dec 2019 13:03
Women Take Advantage Of Fish In Abundance
Lusiana Lotu with her child fishing in a creek in Navua on December 28, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Tropical Cyclone Sarai did not just bring a lot of rain, it also brought with it an abundance of food from the rivers, streams and waterways along the Calia Road, Navua.

That got women from families taking shelter at the JN Jokhan Primary School in Navua busy catching fish and eel from the wa­terways.

For these women, heavy rain means that certain types of fish are in abundance and a good catch could make a decent meal for fami­lies.

The school is occupied by fami­lies from the Rio Settlement in Calia.

“It is healthy and fresh. The eels and the fish would make a good lunch spread and perhaps dinner, depending on what time we finish here,” said Lusiana Lotu.

Meanwhile, in a classroom at the JN Jokhan Primary School, 11 children and six adults share the space. The families are having to deal with a situation where there is no water at the evacuation centre. Water is however at their homes. The school’s classrooms are more stable and solid than their homes.

Most families have moved be­cause they felt threatened by the strong winds and possible flood­ing. However, as of late yesterday afternoon, the water level at the Navua River had dropped.

The township was busy as shops had opened its doors.

Meanwhile, families were also sheltering at the Latter-Day Saints Church in Navua since Thursday.

Togoru resident Mereaia Brown move to the church as the TC Sarai picked up intensity.

“There has been constant checks by the Government teams includ­ing the Ministry of Health and Po­lice,” Ms Brown said.

“I have seven children and all of them are here with me.”

Mrs Brown said there were no issues as they had come prepared with food and essentials. She said this had been learnt from past ex­periences.

Most families, apart from Ms Brown’s, are from Calia.

Va Teresia and husband Watisoni Tavotu could see their home from the higher plains where the solid structured church resides.

The LDS church was always used as an evacuation centre. “We came prepared with food and all our clothes. We are hoping that Cy­clone Sarai has left Fiji. We have been told by the police and govern­ment teams to await clearance be­fore returning home,” Ms Teresia said.

All families sheltering at the LDS Church in Navua said they too had been vaccinated for measles.

Families sheltering at the LDS Church Hall on December 28, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Families sheltering at the LDS Church Hall on December 28, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Families sheltering at the LDS Church Hall on December 28, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Families sheltering at the LDS Church Hall on December 28, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

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