Fiji Time: 12:22 AM on Monday 27 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Couple escape death

Shalveen Chand
Sunday, March 02, 2014

APART from the flood brought by the torrential rain that affected the Central- Eastern divisions of Fiji last week, landslides have caused havoc in parts of Nausori.

Baulevu, which runs along the bank of the Rewa River, had more than its fair share of landslides.

Aslam Khan, 69, and his wife had just stepped out of their kitchen to sit down on the front porch on Thursday afternoon when the hill behind their house came sliding down.

"It happened in the blink of an eye," said Mr Khan.

"Had we been a minute late to come out of the kitchen, my wife and I would have been buried with the kitchen.

"The kitchen structure is 36 by 12 feet; it contained the fridge, my carpentry tools, the washing machine and other items.

"I estimate the damage to be more than $10,000 but I am not worried about the damage. My main concern is that we have not been visited by the authorities.

"I am not well-off enough to pay for a digger and I'm hoping the government will assist me."

Next door, Mr Khan's son Araf Khan's house is also under threat.

"If it rains, I fear more of the hill will come down and I fear, this time it will cover our houses," he said.

Apart from the Khan's residence, the Crest Chicken farm in Baulevu was affected as a large portion of the chicken shed had slid downhill.

There were other landslides along the way which were being cleared, but help hasn't reached Waidra where the Khans live.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64440.6254
JPY 55.991852.9918
GBP 0.39020.3822
EUR 0.46380.4518
NZD 0.68630.6533
AUD 0.63990.6149
USD 0.49320.4762

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 24th February, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Angry passengers disembark from smoke-filled bus
  2. 5.1 magnitude earthquake occurs in local region
  3. 143 cases of dengue
  4. Voter trend
  5. Tears of joy, relief
  6. Baber positive
  7. Husbands' support vital, says Vuniwaqa
  8. Yuen: Change diets and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  9. The first settlers of Gau
  10. Beware, warns LTA

Top Stories this Week

  1. School girl, 14, dies Saturday (25 Feb)
  2. Family given son's post mortem exam results Monday (20 Feb)
  3. 2 dead in 48 hours Wednesday (22 Feb)
  4. Qoro resigns as exchange boss Tuesday (21 Feb)
  5. $95,000 payout Monday (20 Feb)
  6. $30,000 richer Thursday (23 Feb)
  7. Day of fate Monday (20 Feb)
  8. Locally owned health centre begins operation Friday (24 Feb)
  9. Bravery medal for boy, 6 Saturday (25 Feb)
  10. Nightmare continues for elderly woman Monday (20 Feb)