Close-knit family

In the face of death and adverse untold sufferings, a Lautoka family is adamant they will not move to a nearby evacuation centre unless there are facilities for their 79-year-old bedridden father (FT 09/04).

I do have the greatest of respect for Setuate Temo of Taiperia, Lautoka, but he will put the lives of his mother and other family members at risk for the love of his father trying, to take on nature at this seaside settlement which is five minutes drive from the nearest evacuation centre at Natabua Primary School.

Despite this very bold and daring sacrifice, Fijians must learn to comply and adhere to the warnings given out by the Fiji Police Force, weather office, divisional commissioners and Government.

Perhaps the powers that be at government and the Minister for National Disaster management can look at the issue highlighted here by Temo and consider including such facilities to alleviate their hardship when it comes to relocation to these centres during natural disasters.

It would be great to have separate rooms allocated for milking mothers and babies. I believe it is also their constitutional right and our caring government is obliged to provide the necessary facilities throughout all these evacuation centres around the country.

Great story indeed.