Fiji Time: 2:14 PM on Monday 8 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Wife feared losing husband

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Sunday, March 02, 2014

NAOMI Raitukutuku thought she would never see her husband again when floodwaters rushed into their Wainawaqa Village home on Thursday.

Mrs Raitukutuku couldn't pack their belongings because she feared losing Selema, 72, for good.

She said her husband's escape from death was the result of their strong faith in God.

"We had left for our plantation early morning on Thursday but I returned before midday," she said.

"It was raining but we didn't expect that it would flood all of a sudden.

"I tried to find a way to tell him to return but I couldn't because he was on the other side of the village."

Mrs Raitukutuku said with the help of a few other villagers, they managed to yell out to her husband to swim down to the other village, Naivurevure, instead of risking his life to cross the rising floodwaters.

Despite all this, Mr Raitukutuku managed to pick up bits and pieces of ginger they had left on their farm to travel to Suva early yesterday morning for the market.

"He just came back to the village this morning (yesterday) when the water receded.

"We couldn't even save any of our belongings but I just thank God that my husband is alive.

"That's all I wanted and I'm happy that he's back with me because we don't have any children."








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 0.65200.6330
JPY 56.024953.0249
GBP 0.32480.3168
EUR 0.42350.4115
NZD 0.71170.6787
AUD 0.66170.6367
USD 0.47670.4597

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 5th February 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Need speed
  2. Questions for ministers in Parliament
  3. NZ 7s final refereeing charade an embarrassment
  4. Drugs, thefts on tour of duty
  5. PM warns labourers
  6. The origin of Fiji's sevens series
  7. Drug suspect caught in raid
  8. 'Drink lots of water'
  9. Parliamentary sitting adjourned
  10. Carry out your duties, soldiers told

Top Stories this Week

  1. Suspended Tuesday (02 Feb)
  2. 49-year-old man arrested at Nadi airport Wednesday (03 Feb)
  3. 7s reaction Tuesday (02 Feb)
  4. Sevens changes Friday (05 Feb)
  5. Fiji picks up the pieces Thursday (04 Feb)
  6. Running brawl part of journey to Rio Wednesday (03 Feb)
  7. No tattoo on rape suspect Thursday (04 Feb)
  8. Rape victim speaks out Wednesday (03 Feb)
  9. Legal row Friday (05 Feb)
  10. $6m proof Wednesday (03 Feb)