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Desperate dash for home

Felix Chaudhary
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

KAREN Koulakian jetted into the country about a week ago to enjoy Fiji's sun, sand and sunshine.

Yesterday, the 23-year-old Australian national was forced to seek refuge at Nadi International Airport after unsuccessful attempts to leave the country.

"I was booked to fly out on Sunday but as soon as I heard about the cyclone from friends at the Beach House on the Coral Coast, I made my way to Nadi to try to get a flight," he said.

Mr Koulakian said because he was holidaying on a tight budget he had run out of funds and was camping at the airport until the next available flight back home.

Hundreds of international visitors rushed to Fiji's biggest gateway as news of Tropical Cyclone Evan's approach broke in the local and international media.

About 200 guests were evacuated from the Yasawa and Mamanuca Group of Islands over the weekend but because of the congestion and cancellation of flights, many booked into hotels situated near the airport while the unfortunate few were forced to seek shelter in the airport's departure area.


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