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Narrow escape for four families

Nanise Loanakadavu
Monday, February 04, 2013

FOUR families were counting their lucky stars yesterday after narrowly escaping death when parts of their homes were buried by a landslide.

The landslide occurred at Farm Rd in Sasawira, Nausori following the heavy rainfall experienced in the Central Division from Saturday afternoon until early yesterday morning.

Manoj Kumar, Dharmen Lal, Vimal Kumar and Vinod Reddy had their homes partly damaged by the landslide.

Manoj Kumar said his neighbours, Mr Lal and Vimal had taken their families to town when the incident happened. He had his kitchen and porch buried.

"I was in the living room when I heard a loud noise," he said.

"When I ran to the kitchen, I could not see anything, only a big hole in the ground and the roof of the kitchen was partly visible, everything else was under the ground.

"It happened so fast that when I looked down from our living room, we could not see anything but just a steep muddy hill," he said.

"Everything that was in my kitchen and porch was buried including a washing machine."

Mr Lal and Vimal were grateful that no life was taken away as a result.

However, their families were still in shock when The Fiji Times team visited them yesterday.

But for Mr Reddy, who is a father of two, (a part time) mechanic and diabetic, the landslide happened because of the poor drainage system in their area. The families however braved the hot sun to rebuild their homes yesterday.