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Food Shortage Likely In Kadavu After Tropical Cyclone Harold

Diver turned farmer, Iliesa Cokanasiga said everything on his plantation was gone when he visited his farm yesterday.
10 Apr 2020 15:19
Food Shortage Likely In Kadavu After Tropical Cyclone Harold
Damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Harold on Naqara Village in Ono, Kadavu. Photo: Supplied

Kadavu is likely to face food shortage after Tropical Cyclone Harold ravaged the island on Wednesday.

Diver turned farmer, Iliesa Cokanasiga said everything on his plantation was gone when he visited his farm yesterday.

“I just came back from my plantation where we planted cassava, dalo, and yaqona. The only thing that is left is the soil.”

Mr Cokanasiga recently returned to his Bulia village in Ono, Kadavu, looking forward to a fresh start.

The 34-year-old was a diver at Barefoot Kuata in the Yasawas before it was forced to close as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“All the big trees, fruit trees and vegetables are gone. I think we will have to start up again during these trying times. We will be hit by food shortages.”

Mr Cokanasiga said strong winds were felt between 2pm – 4pm.

“We were prepared for it, when we were told that a cyclone was coming this way. We had been putting up shutters from Monday and Tuesday. The winds were just too strong,” he said.

“Twenty homes were partially damaged with only six standing. Homes that had extensions were flattened.

“No one was injured or lost their life during the two-hour ordeal.”

Meanwhile, Vodafone Fiji says the affected towers in Muani, Kadavu, will require more time to repair after it was also severely damaged.

Vodafone Fiji Technicians have yet to confirm their departure date to Vunisea and Ono Island because of the lockdown restrictions.

Digicel Fiji Limited have also been sent questions.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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