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Out of Evan's grasp

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

CLOSE calls were what could be said to sum up each tale from those who tried to escape the wrath of Tropical Cyclone Evan.

As The Fiji Times met with people living on the outskirts of Ba, they relived the nightmare of trying to escape the strong damaging winds of Evan.

Many of them had just rebuilt their homes after the two devastating floods earlier this year which left many families homeless.

One such resident was 21-year-old Ajay Kumar of Raviravi settlement.

Mr Kumar said he and his brothers could not save anything from their home as the strong winds not only blew off their roof but flattened the four walls of the three-bedroom home.

"We felt everything start to vibrate inside our home so I did not take any chances and me and my brothers took our mother to our neighbour's home," he said.

"She's paralysed so we had to carry her.

"The winds were very strong at the time but we're glad we managed to get her to safety.

"I came back home to try and save something from our house and as I entered the house, the walls started to come down.

"I went straight for the door and just as I stepped outside everything went down. It took seconds for our whole life to be destroyed," said Mr Kumar.

Another family still grateful to escape death was the Gani family of Tuvu, Ba.

The family of three was inside their home when a 20 metre tree fell on top of their roof, trapping them.

"We were still inside when the tree came down but fortunately we went to the back room when we noticed the tree start to bend towards our home," said Irshan Gani, 28.

Mr Gani recalled how he took his elderly parents to the end of their house which was the only structure untouched by the large tree.

"From there I managed to break the louvres of the window and we climbed through," he said.

The family escaped to their brother's home where they watched the roof of their home being torn away by the strong winds.

The family also lost everything during the cyclone.