Tabuya villagers vacate village after two tidal waves

The village of Tabuya in Nabukelevu after yesterday's tidal wave experience. Picture: SUPPLIED/Pelasio Robanakadavu

TWO separate incidences of tidal waves were experienced by villagers of Tabuya, Nabukelevu in Kadavu yesterday, forcing villagers to flee their homes.
The first tidal wave hit between 4am and 5am, and a stronger one occurred at around 5pm, which village headman Ipieli Cokanasiga said was around a metre high.
Speaking from his island home yesterday, Mr Cokanasiga told Fiji Times Online that after the first tidal wave hit, all men in the village were mobilised to assist in taking all women and children to safety.
He said there were three homes located on the opposite side of a river that ran in between the village and the settlement called Nabale.
Mr Cokanasiga said the tidal wave that occurred in the evening gushed through the whole village, and also flooded three homes.
Today, all villagers remain at Nabale following advice from Police until it was safe.
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Seawater gush into the village yesterday. Picture: SUPPLIED/Pelasio Robanakadavu