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Praying for help

Torika Tokalau
Saturday, December 22, 2012

VILLAGERS of Denimanu on Yadua Island are pleading for assistance following the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Evan earlier this week.

Pita Biciloa, who is a ranger with National Trust of Fiji on the island, said 13 families lost their homes, 10 families were left only with kitchens and four homes were without roofs.

"We started experiencing strong winds on Sunday at 7pm," he said.

"At midnight the winds were pretty intense but it was the tidal wave on Monday morning that totally destroyed 13 homes and partially destroyed the other homes.

"The 13 families have been evacuated to the nurses and teachers quarters."

Yadua Island, located west of Vanua Levu which is home to close to 200 villagers, was directly in the path of TC Evan.

"Debris is all over the village, water tanks have been damaged and our water supply on the island is running low.

"We have two to three families living together, sharing the little food supply available, utensils and bedding," he said.

He confirmed DISMAC visited the island this week and the first supply of relief was expected soon.

"All our plantations have been damaged; there are no more root crops, no fruits. Our food supply is running low and we are praying that relief packs will arrive soon."





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