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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.

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