Child injured fleeing flood

Alice Namotu and her mother Arieta Nacagilevu at Matawalu Village in Lautoka. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

Alice Namotu and her mother Arieta Nacagilevu at Matawalu Village in Lautoka. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

FOUR-year-old Alice Namotu was fleeing rising floodwaters with her mother Arieta Nacagilevu when her left knee was struck by a piece of timber.

The incident that happened at Matawalu Village in Lautoka on April 1, required a trip to the hospital where she was medically examined and treated.

When The Fiji Times visited the village last Friday, the mother and daughter were on their way to the Lautoka Hospital.

“We have to travel everyday to the hospital because she needs to have her dressing done,” Ms Nacagilevu said.

“This is a big cost to us, but we have to do it because of Alice’s injury.

“We had hoped the Health Ministry would have visited our village to assess injuries and those like my daughter who need medical treatment.

“About 6am on Sunday, the Matawalu River level began to rise very slowly and we prepared to move to higher ground.

“All of a sudden, the water level began to rise. By 8am the whole village was under water and the current was very strong.

“While we were moving up to higher ground, Alice hit her knee on a piece of wood.

“Things could have been worse so we are very thankful to God that my daughter and I are safe and we made it through.”

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