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Labasa Family Thanks Police For Rescue

Ms Lata made an emergency call to Police at 6:18am, after which they began packing their belongings, food-stuff and other basic necessities
12 Jan 2022 14:19
Labasa Family Thanks Police For Rescue
Family members from left: Bijma Wati, Parveshni Chand and widow, Ashni Lata at their home in Boca, Bulileka, outside Labasa, on January 11, 2022. Photo: Sampras Anand

A family residing at Boca, Bulileka in Labasa praised the efforts of the Police Force after they were rescued by a team of officers during the rising floodwaters on Monday morning.

They were transported using a Police Force dinghy boat.

Ashni Lata, who recently lost her husband, said the quick reaction by her family and assistance by Police, ensured their safety and wellbeing.

Floodwaters reached the veranda of the house and was threatening to enter inside Ms Lata’s house.

Ms Lata made an emergency call to Police at 6:18am, after which they began packing their belongings, food-stuff and other basic necessities.

Police arrived at the scene at 11am to safely transported them to the main road.

She applauded the officers on duty for their patience because they had to make two trips to cater for their five-member family, one of which was disabled.

“If my husband was alive today, he would have definitely made some provisions for our safety,” she said.

The 43-year-old, mother of two daughters, said it was the first time Police had assisted them during a cyclone.

Mr Lata said, she could have sort the help of their neighbours but opted for responsible and legal authorities to assist them, since they were better trained to handle such cyclone and natural disaster situations.

She said after Police transported their family to the main road, they arranged a vehicle to take them to their relative’s place, who was staying in a high elevated location in another area of Bulileka.

“Every year, we live in fear that floodwaters might reach our house and destroy everything in its path, but together as a family, we overcome these problems,” the soft-spoken Ms Lata stated.

Ms Lata added they began their early cyclone clean up yesterday morning and hoped life resumed normal for everyone after the TC Cody.

sampras.anand@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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