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Electrocution Victim Laid To Rest In Lautoka

Family members and loved ones were present to bid their last good-bye at a private church service held at the Church of Latter-day Saints in Waiyavi.
07 Feb 2021 15:31
Electrocution Victim Laid To Rest In Lautoka
Deceased...Manasa Naquruwale Namatarua.

Seventeen-year-old Manasa Naquruwale Namatarua, who was electrocuted during Tropical Cyclone Ana, was laid to rest yesterday at the Tavakubu Cemetery in Lautoka.

Family members and loved ones were present to bid their last good-bye at a private church service held at the Church of Latter-day Saints in Waiyavi.

The late Manasa died on January 27 just two weeks after his birthday.

It is understood that the incident took place at Field 40 Lautoka, a short distance from his home.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said it was an accident during the cyclone.

“He died due to injuries and burns sustained from the incident. He was found lying motionless in a house,” Ms Naisoro said.

“He was electrocuted by exposed wires connected to a grid door at a vacant house.”

In Navua 

Meanwhile, a 36-year-old woman of Waidradra in Navua is currently recovering at the Navua Hospital after she was electrocuted at her home on Thursday afternoon.

Pratishna Chand suffered injuries on her left arm as a result of the incident.

The mother-of-two children said she had wanted to cook rice using a rice cooker when she noticed her power was off.

“I went to check the meter box outside because other houses had power restored, but as soon as I touched the box I was electrocuted on my left arm,” she said.

“I quickly pulled my hand back as I slowly sat down on the ground. After 15 minutes I regained the strength to stand up and take myself to the hospital since my husband was at work in Suva at that time.”

A statement from the Energy Fiji Limited confirmed receiving a report from Ms Chand in which a team was deployed to rectify the issue on the powerline on Friday.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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