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Family shelters in radio telephone booth

Luke Rawalai And Salaseini Moceiwai
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

WITH no proper place to call home, a family of four in the village of Salevukoso on Druadrua Island is now sheltering in the village's radio telephone booth.

Jone Tualau and his family have been residing in the RT booth for the past six months.

He said their house was damaged during Tropical Cyclone Evan and that they had continued to live in it even though it was in a bad condition; six months ago they finally out.

Mr Tualau said that during bad weather they would place buckets and basins inside their old house to catch water leaking into it and to keep themselves dry.

"During bad weather my wife and our three children would gather in a corner of our house to keep dry," he said.

"If the rain got worse, we would save our clothes and basic stuff so we could still live on during the wet weather hoping the conditions would not be for too long. There were actually two families who had their houses damaged in the village as a result of TC Evan."

Mr Tualau said the other family had their house renovated.

"Six months ago we moved into the village RT booth because I could not stand seeing my children suffer during bad weather.

"We are pleading with people and the authorities out there to lend an ear to our plea so our house can get fixed."

Acting Commissioner North Alipate Bolalevu said a survey in the wake of TC Evan was completed but there were no reports of damaged houses from Salevukoso.

He referred the matter to the Macuata Provincial Administrators office.

Adminstrator Joseva Rokonai said they were not aware of the matter.

He said they did not receive notice of any such issue during district meetings in Nadogo after the cyclone and to date.

Mr Rokonai said they would investigate the matter.

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