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Cyclone Harold: Couple Devasted As Newly Built Home Is Destroyed By Strong Winds

Family who had just moved into their new two-bedroom home awoken by the sound of the roof blowing away
09 Apr 2020 11:12
Cyclone Harold: Couple Devasted As Newly Built Home Is Destroyed By Strong Winds
Shelvin Ram and Jyotishna Sharma outside the remains of their home in Narere. Photo: Wati Talebula

Happiness was short-lived for a Narere couple when their newly built two-bedroom house was destroyed by strong winds early yesterday morning.

Shelvin Ram and Jyotishna Sharma had just moved into their new home last Friday.

The devastated couple were still trying to come to terms with the ordeal that nearly claimed their lives while sitting in what remained of their home.

He said it appeared to be a tornado which took away the roof.

Mr Ram said he hugged his wife and two children tightly as the strong winds ravaged their home beginning from the roof.

“It was a frightening experience. It happened in an instance,” he said.

“It was around 3am, fast asleep, when we felt strong winds raging.

“The roof of our home fell to the floor and was blown away to another house by strong winds.

“After that the walls started to fly off little by little until only the foundation of the house was left.

“I couldn’t let my family run out because I knew we would get hurt with the flying roofing irons.”

He said though he had lost his newly built home, he was thankful no life was lost during the ordeal.

“I have been renting for the past ten years and was able to save some money so that I can build my own house.

“We just moved here on Friday and this has happened.

“It cost approximately $15,000 to build this house.

“I had worked for a Korean man in a store in Suva and now I am not working as I had been laid off because of COVID-19.

He said they were going to stay with his father-in-law until they were able to rebuild all they had lost.

Saveci and family move in the nick of time. Returns to see house blown away... Leone Saveci had just taken his bed-ridden wife and 16-year-old daughter to the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints evacuation centre in Navua. He was to go back and get dinner but found the remains of his home scattered everywhere. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Saveci and family move in the nick of time. Returns to see house blown away… Leone Saveci had just taken his bed-ridden wife and 16-year-old daughter to the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints evacuation centre in Navua. He was to go back and get dinner but found the remains of his home scattered everywhere. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Another family, Alifoso Bibinisala of Navosai, Narere, said it was the first time he had experienced such devastating winds that destroyed his home.

Dhavendra Kumar of Onnie Street, Narere said he had never experienced such strong winds like he did yesterday morning.

“This morning when we were sleeping we felt that there was water in the house. We woke up just to see our roof have flown away,” Mr Kumar said.

He said he and his wife were unemployed but have a small canteen that supports them financially.

“Our house is all wet and the neighbours have welcomed us in their home.”

He said he was hoping he would be able to access FNPF assistance to repair damages on his house..

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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