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Raft rescue

Nanise Loanakadavu
Saturday, February 01, 2014

A GROUP of brave young men risked their lives to save flood victims at Yavulo in Sigatoka.

Stranded families were rescued by bamboo rafts as floodwaters entered their homes on Thursday morning.

Some villagers were also stranded at Sigatoka Town because the crossing was flooded.

One of the young men, Naibuka Tasere, said they had been transporting people via bamboo raft from their homes to the church which was used as an evacuation centre.

Mr Tasere said the raft was also used to transport people from the village to town and back. Despite the danger of floodwaters, the men managed to put a smile on their faces as they struggled to evacuate the most affected families and their belongings.

Maleli Naqitu said water entered the village from the Sigatoka River and nearby creeks.

Village headman Saula Ratubola thanked his people for their quick response.

Mr Ratubola recalled that families were badly affected in 1994 and in 2009.

"These two major floods have allowed the people to be resilient when a natural disaster strikes," Mr Ratubola said.

He said this was the time villagers came together to assist families who were affected.








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