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Life after Evan's wrath

Maciu Malo
Friday, December 21, 2012

VILLAGERS along the Nadroga Coast are worried about their future after the destruction caused by Tropical Cyclone Evan on Monday.

Apart from the damage to buildings, farms were also destroyed leaving thousands of villagers worried about their source of income and food and how this would affect their livelihood.

Malomalo villager Navitalai Gonewai said food was a major concern for the rural community.

He said while there was no major damage to houses and no casualties, access to food would be an issue.

"Even though some houses had their roofs blown off no one was hurt," Mr Gonewai said.

"Our main concern now is food since our farms were fully destroyed by the cyclone."

"We have nothing left in the farms and it will take time to replant," he said.

Naidiri villager Vanavasa Limavatu said six houses were damaged during the cyclone and similar to the situation at Malomalo, no one was injured.

"As soon as we heard of the cyclone, all villagers gathered at the community hall for shelter," he said.

"Our village is by the sea and we were also worried that the rising sea level could cause serious damage to our houses.

"We are worried about the future of our kids because of the destruction of our farms," he said.

Cuvu settler Iliesa Ratuva echoed similar sentiments saying that daily sustenance was a major concern.


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