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Fijians Brace For TC Yasa In Koro, Matuku, Kadavu, Nausori

Speaking from Sinuvaca, Koro, Jiuta Tuilevuka said all villagers had already moved uphill to the school to be safe from structural damages and tidal waves that could be brought in by the cyclone.
16 Dec 2020 21:16
Fijians Brace For TC Yasa In Koro, Matuku, Kadavu, Nausori
Resident Pundit Sushil Maharaj and his wife at their Waidamudamu home in Nausori.

With Category five Tropical Cyclone Yasa expected to make a landfall in the country tomorrow, Fijians all over the country yesterday did not leave any stones unturned preparing for the worst.

The Fiji Sun spoke to villagers of Koro in Lomaiviti, Matuku in Lau, Nasegai village in Kadavu and residents of flood prone areas on the Kings Road.

Many of which who were quick to react were those that were badly affected by Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston that devastated the country in 2016.

SINUVACA, KORO

Speaking from Sinuvaca, Koro,  Jiuta Tuilevuka said all villagers had already moved uphill to the school to be safe from structural damages and tidal waves that could be brought in by the cyclone.

“We were one of the many villagers in the country that were really badly affected by TC Winston in 2016 and we have really learnt our lesson in terms of cyclone preparedness,” Mr Tuilevuka said.

“Many people have made sure that their roofs are properly nailed and fixed so that it does not get blown away like it did in many of our homes in 2016,” he said.

“The elderly in our village have been the first priority and the children, families have packed what they could and have taken it with them to higher grounds for safety.

“We do not want a repeat of Winston, lives were lost, homes were destroyed and that is why we are really on our toes and preparing for the worst.”

He said they have been tuning in to the radio frequencies available in the island to get updated with the latest weather reports.

MAKADRU, MATUKU

One of the badly affected during TC Harold earlier this year, Makadru village on Matuku Island in the Lau group are ready for the worst.

Speaking from Makadru village, former village headman Maikeli Tamani said homes living in low lying areas have been evacuated to homes that are further inland and up the mountain range.

He said there is no evacuation centre in the village but families are only evacuating in homes that are on higher grounds.

“We are effectively communicating with district reps and the office of commissioner eastern to get the latest information on the cyclone,” Mr Tamani said.

During TC Harold 13 houses on the village were destroyed including the school, village hall and church.

“Today men have been pruning large trees that are in the village, livestock have been taken to higher grounds too, and the village men have been working on their homes and fixing what they can with their houses.

“We are getting the latest update as well from news broadcasting.”

 KADAVU

Nasegai village in Kadavu headman Tevita Uluikadavu said as of 4pm yesterday all villagers were prepared for the worst case scenario of TC Yasa.

Speaking from Kadavu, Mr Uluikadavu said those with disabilities and the elderly have been evacuated to safer houses for their safety during the course of flooding and strong winds.

“All houses have been braced by extra timber, rooftops well nailed and braced too,” he said.

“The men have just returned from the farm getting in food rations for their families for the next few days.

“Water has been stored and made ready for the next few days. We have literally prepared for the worst.”

He added that the evacuation centre that had once stood in the village has been destroyed and the villagers will now move into the church should the need arise.

 WAIDAMUDAMU, NAUSORI

Residents of flood prone areas in Waidamudamu Road, Nausori are also preparing for the worst case scenario with TC Yasa.

Residents were seen clearing drains, storing water and fixing rooftops in preparation of TC Yasa.

Resident Pundit Sushil Maharaj said they had been living in the settlement for 10 years and have been exposed to continuous flash floods in every case of heavy rain.

“Today we are ensuring that drains are cleared, shutters are up, rooftops are fixed and well braced so that they are not blown away,” he said.



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