The recent floodwaters in the Western Division left behind devastated communities and families.
In its aftermath are families that have been forced to rebuild their lives, some from scratch. Some businesses have been left pondering their losses and some their future.
Many families have slowly been helped back on to their feet. Some were fortunate to have recovered quickly but some are still struggling to come to terms with their losses.
Some are lost and some have been left with just the clothes on their backs and whatever they escaped with at the height of the floods.
The State machinery continues to churn out pathways to the needy in the affected zones, bringing relief to devastated families.
The magnitude of the natural disaster is slowly being realised now.
Entire communities were virtually under water at some stage over the days of the floods. Some families were forced to escape onto the roof of their homes and some could only stare in horror from a distance as they watched their homes go under water. Some would later joke about how they could only see the roof of their homes in what looked like a lake. Some watched as their hard earned electrical appliances were damaged, forced out by the strong currents.
Some returned to homes left bare by water which had broken down doors and windows. Their curtains, if they were still hanging, were dirty, tattered and damp. Tables were caked with mud and beddings soaked where they were found outside.
Some would describe their predicament as similar to that of a village sitting in the middle of a very angry Sigatoka River.
The devastation was no joke.
But in the face of all that has happened, it is interesting to note the important place the people of this country have for sports in general.
School athletes in Lautoka yesterday shrugged off any thoughts of the floodwaters to be part of the Lautoka Yasawa Athletics Zone at the Natabua High School grounds.
Natabua High School and Jasper Williams High School won the overall boys' and girls' titles respectively but what really mattered was the effort on show yesterday.
Sports united school athletes and their families and fans. There were screams of joy and laughter.
And despite the impact of a natural disaster, Lautoka athletes are already keen to turn heads at the annual Fiji Athletics finals.
Such is the overwhelming power of sports.