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Father braves currents

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, March 01, 2014

AMASAI Cou swam across the flooded Waimanu River and nearby plains in Sawani to reach the shop at Navuso near Nausori for urgently-needed supplies.

The 51-year-old from Vuniniudrovu Village said he just had to do it.

"I have five children at home and with the way the weather is looking, I know if I didn't do it now, I will not be able to get our supplies on time," said Mr Cou.

"I needed to get kerosene, candles and food supplies. I have been monitoring this weather.

"There are some houses in the village that are flooded but these are the ones on the lower level. Houses up on the hill have never been flooded."

Vuniniudrovu can't be accessed by road, and people usually take a punt across the Waimanu River.

When asked if he was frightened, he said at first that he wasn't, but when he realised the strength of the current, he became wary.

"Mother nature is something I don't want to mess with.

"I did swim across but I will take the punt back."





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