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Village badly hit

Avinesh Gopal
Friday, January 04, 2013

APART from causing damage to coastal areas and islands in the Western Division, Tropical Cyclone Evan also affected parts of the highlands.

One such place that faced the wrath of the cyclone three weeks ago is Abaca Village, which is about 16 kilometres away from Lautoka City in the highlands.

Village headman Viliame Rokoua said apart from damaging homes, the cyclone also destroyed all root crops and other produce planted by villagers.

Mr Rokoua said eight of the 13 houses in the village were damaged and the affected families were living in the community hall and other homes.

"Our water tank up in the hills was also blown away by the cyclone and right now we are drawing water straight from the river," he said.

During a visit to the village last weekend, he asked The Fiji Times team if we had any medicine to give them.

Luckily enough, the first aid kit in this newspaper's vehicle had Panadol which was given to Mr Rokoua.

Since the villagers were also in need of food, this newspaper's team from Suva gave some food items and medical supplies to the villagers on Sunday.

Mr Rokoua said since villagers relied mainly on income from the sale of farm produce at the Lautoka Market, their livelihood had been affected by TC Evan. He said it would take them a long time to get back on their feet.





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