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Widow And Sons To Get New Home

Ms Lata’s late husband, Ramesh Chand, died when parts of the floor of his house flew and landed on his back on December 17, 2020.
19 Feb 2021 10:04
Widow And Sons To Get New Home
Minister for Defence, National Security and Policing, Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu with Rup Lata in Lovelove, Labasa. Photo: National Disaster Management Office

A widow of Lovelove, Labasa, who lost her husband and home during Tropical Cyclone Yasa will have a house built for her.

Thanks to the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum who visited Rup Lata and her boys a few days after the disaster, HLB Maan Judd company stepped in with building materials worth $8549.35.

The accounting firm is based in Nadi.

Ms Lata’s late husband, Ramesh Chand, died when parts of the floor of his house flew and landed on his back on December 17, 2020.

Her boys – Sham will attend the Fiji National University and Shahil, a Year 8 student of Bulileka Primary School – are currently staying at a relative’s house.

Ms Lata said the family was going through a tough time.

“My husband was the main pillar of support, he always dreamt big and wanted to see his children in a good position,” she said

“A few days after the cyclone Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum visited my family and assured us that he will support my family and also provide shelter.

“In his busy schedule, he has fulfilled his promise and in a few months time I will have a shelter.”

Ms Lata also received building materials and food rations from donors.

HLB Maan Judd Company staff members Karunesh Singh, Zoid Hussein, Pramila Wati, Rup Lata, Shavneel Chand with special project organiser Mohammed Harun and Mohammed Imtiaz, on February 18,2021.

HLB Maan Judd Company staff members Karunesh Singh, Zoid Hussein, Pramila Wati, Rup Lata, Shavneel Chand with special project organiser Mohammed Harun and Mohammed Imtiaz, on February 18,2021.

Govt assist

Minister for Defence, National Security and Policing, Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu acknowledged HLB Judd and said the construction work would begin soon.

“We want to build Rup Lata’s home as soon as possible so that she can move in to her own house,” she said.

“The Government will also supply a few items and a generator.

“We are thankful that Good Samaritans are coming forward to assist the affected families after TC Yasa and TC Ana.”

HLB Mann Judd special project organiser Mohammed Harun , said the message was brought to their notice by Mr Saiyed-Khaiyum.

“We thought to visit the family immediately, where we have provided her general building materials,” he said.

“We will be building a two-bedroom house which will cater for the family of three members,” he said.

Mr Harun acknowledged the Government in assisting the victims who had almost lost everything during the natural disasters.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback: renu.prasad@fijisun.com.fj



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