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Couple Lose Home To Cyclone And Now Thieves

A week after a tornado had completely destroyed a newly built home in Navosai, Narere, home owners Shelvin and Jyotishna Ram are faced with another problem.
17 Apr 2020 10:29
Couple Lose Home To Cyclone And Now Thieves
Shelvin Ram has begun rebuilding his home in Navosai, Narere on April 15, 2020. Photo: Inoke Rabonu

A week after a tornado had completely destroyed a newly built home in Navosai, Narere, home owners Shelvin and Jyotishna Ram are faced with another problem.

Timber and a corrugated roofing iron from their damaged home had been reported stolen from the site where the house once stood.

This has forced the couple to rebuild their home at a much quicker pace. The house, which cost $15,000, was taken down in a matter of minutes by strong winds.

The couple had just spent four days in their new home when the devastating ordeal occurred.

When the Fiji Sun visited the site on Wednesday, Mr Ram had already begun rebuilding.

He said he had chosen not to wait for assistance from others, so he went ahead with buying new housing materials.

“When the house was blown away, we had gathered all remaining timber and roofing iron on the side of the house so that we could start rebuilding when the weather permits,” Mr Ram said.

“When we visited the house last Monday we saw that everything had gone. We do not know who has taken it, but it has all been stolen.

“We have a problem that we’re already dealing with and then some people have created more problems for us.”

He said it had prompted him to quickly work on rebuilding his home so that they could move back with his family.

“I have heard of the Fiji National Provident Fund’s assistance, but I have only worked for a year and I am not aware of how much is in my account.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback: inoke.rabonu@fijisun.com.fj



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