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False sense of relief

Felix Chaudhary
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

JUST as Lovu Seaside dweller Jo Tuikoro began putting together the remnants of his family home, a new threat emerged.

Dark clouds gathered over Lautoka bringing with them the menacing promise of rain and the possibility of flooding.

Debris clogged waterways increased the possibility of flooding and the very real possibility of Lovu Seaside residents having to flee their homes again.

Mr Tuikoro was sheltering inside with his wife and four children when Tropical Cyclone Evan hit the coastal community and tore a hole on one side of his timber and corrugated iron home.

"It happened at 2pm. The wind had begun picking up from about midday then all of a sudden it just started blowing very strongly," he said.

"We just thank God that no one got hurt or at worst, died.

"I got my family together and we scrambled to the safety of a neighbour's home.

"I'm just trying to get my home repaired as soon as possible but the clouds overhead are signalling rain and that will be bad news for us because this place always floods," the 50-year-old soldier said.





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