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Struggling family pleads for assistance

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, March 05, 2013

FAMILIES who have not recovered from damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Evan are suffering again in relentlessly pouring rain.

Homes without roofs have been hammered by rain over the past week, leaving residents vulnerable to the wet and cold.

Yesterday, a desperate family in Nadi asked that their plight be publicised.

Housewife Saras Wati said no repairs had been done to their home since TC Evan struck in December.

"We just don't have the money," she said.

"Our vegetable farm was destroyed by the flood and we are struggling to survive each day. No one in the family is working and we are fortunate some relatives and neighbours have assisted us over the past months.

"During heavy rain, part of the house gets wet because some roofing sheets were blown away by the cyclone."

Nadi district officer Peni Koro said the rebuilding and repairs of damaged homes in the area would start soon.

"The damage verification assessment has been completed and the rebuilding of homes will follow," he said.

"The government will only rebuild and repair homes located on land that has been legally leased."

In an earlier interview, Mr Koro said more than 20,000 people in Nadi was yet to be fully assisted with food rations and home rebuilding.