A FAMILY of eight was forced to spend Monday night at the mercy of the wind and rain brought by Tropical Cyclone Evan after seeing their house partially destroyed by the Category Four monster.
Speaking to this newspaper yesterday, Mairini Balewai recounted her harrowing experience.
She said the family which included a one-year-old child and four other children under the age of 10 were sheltering inside their house at Lovu on Monday night when strong winds took the roof of their house.
"We wanted to try and move to some place safer but the winds were so strong and we couldn't go anywhere else because we didn't want the children to be hurt," she said.
"So my husband and I took the children to a corner of the house and we stayed together there with them in our arms the whole night."
Mrs Balewai said neither her nor her spouse slept that night because they were afraid for the safety of the children.
"We couldn't sleep, it was raining heavily and the winds were very strong but we stayed awake all night.
"The rain came into the house and wet everything, all our food, beds — it was all soaked in the morning," she said.
The family was only able to come to the Lovu Sangam School evacuation centre after the weather began to clear up yesterday morning.
Lovu Seaside evacuee Inoke Momo said many of those in the centre were only able to escape the wrath of TC Evan with the clothes on their backs.
"We have no food that we were able to bring and the winds have flattened all our plantations but at least the store is open so we can buy foodstuff from there," he said.