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Families homeless after cyclone

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

FAMILIES on Waya and Naviti islands will not celebrate Christmas because of the extensive damage caused to some homes by Tropical Cyclone Evan.

More than 40 families on the two islands are now homeless as their dwellings were completely destroyed by the Category Four cyclone which struck the island last Monday.

Vilikesa Lete, the headman of Malevu village on Naviti Island, said the islanders were badly affected by the cyclone and it would take time to recover from the experience.

Mr Lete said the damage to houses and farms not only impacted on any attempts to celebrate Christmas but also impacted very heavily on basic things like shelter and food.

"Most farms have been destroyed and we are not sure of what to eat during and after Christmas.

"However, despite the trail of destruction left by Evan, villagers were thankful that no lives were lost during the cyclone," said Mr Lete.

Waya Island was among one of the worst hit areas in the Yasawa Group while some villages on Naviti were hardly affected by the disaster.

No major damage was reported at Somosomo, Gunu and Nasoqo villages on Naviti.