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Crippling devastation

Maciu Malo In The Yasawa Group
Monday, December 24, 2012

NATAWA Village on Waya Island in the Yasawas received the full brunt of Tropical Cyclone Evan when the Category Four storm hit the area last Monday.

Nineteen houses were completely destroyed, leaving families homeless while others sought shelter under furniture as roofs were blown away by the rampaging force of TC Evan.

Village headman Keni Nalesu said that of the 58 homes in the village, 38 were damaged while 19 were completely destroyed.

"I could not control my emotions and I openly cried after seeing the condition of my village after the cyclone," he said.

"This is one of the saddest incidents in the history of our village to record that 19 families are now homeless.

"The devastation brought about by Evan has crippled many families especially when you add the destruction made to our farms. We don't know where to turn to for assistance and we really feel for those villagers badly affected by this cyclone."

Mr Nalesu said TC Evan pounded the village for 10 hours and cries for help were heard from most houses as villagers feared for their safety.

He said it would take years for some villagers to fully recover from the incident.

"We really need help," Mr Nalesu pleaded.

"Some cyclone-affected villagers are building sheds as temporary homes while some have returned to their damaged homes.

"Those families who had part of their roofs damaged or removed cannot do much but endure the heat of the sun at daytime or get wet if it rains.

"Some families are still sheltering at our church and villagers have started cleaning debris and fallen trees inside our village compound.

"This disaster hit us badly and luckily it hit us during the day.

"In the past we usually encountered cyclones for at least two to three hours but this one battered the village for 10 long hours.

"Three families were still in their homes when their houses were uprooted and blown away leaving family members struggling to hold on by lying flat on the floor," he said.

Mr Nalesu said the villagers needed food and building materials to rebuild their lives.


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