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Family lucky to be alive

Tevita Vuibau
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

HOMES in Vitogo Village, Lautoka, suffered the brunt of Tropical Cyclone Evan's 100 kilometre per hour wind on Monday night with many homes in the village left without their roofs.

Emosi Vananalagi's house was among one of the many that were left roofless.

When visited at Vitogo Village yesterday, Mr Vananalagi was repairing the damage caused by TC Evan.

"In the afternoon yesterday the winds were very strong, I never expected that they would actually do this to my house," the Vitogo native said.

He explained that he was sheltering with his spouse and three children inside the house when the wind blasted through his front door.

"I heard my daughter screaming that the wind was pushing the door in so I grabbed a wooden board to try and reinforce the door.

"But the wind pushed the door in and knocked me back into the house, then the force of the wind took the roof off the house from the inside," Mr Vananalagi said.

He said when the roof was taken off, he took his family to the village hall to spend the night.

The Tropik Pine employee remained thankful that his wife and three children were safe.

"I just thank God that we are safe and that no one was hurt."