Family braves floodwaters because of son

WHEN floodwaters entered Vunato Settlement in Lautoka, many chose to flee to evacuation centres with essential belongings.

There were some such as Mohammed Yunus and his family who chose to take their chances and stay behind, because of circumstances beyond their control.

Mr Yunus said he had a physically challenged 18-year-old son.

In his 60s, Mr Yunus said while the decision to stay was a challenging one, he could not risk going out and endangering his son’s life.

After floodwaters receded, he said he was disheartened to see the damage left behind.

“We have lost everything,” the father of two said.

“All our belongings were damaged in the flood and we are trying to clean up and see what we can save. It will be hard for us because no one in the family has a steady income.”

He used to cut grass before health problems and old age took their toll. According to Mr Yunus, his family now survived on Social Welfare assistance provided each month.

His elder son also works as a labourer.

“We received one bag of groceries as ration and we are now just trying to clean up.”

He said they were pleading to good Samaritans for assistance to get the family back on their feet.

On Friday night, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama announced that Fijians affected by Severe TCs Josie and Keni could access funds from the Cyclone Assistance Relief Effort (CARE) Fiji fund which was designed to assist Fijians who needed to rehabilitate their homes and livelihood.

Funds between $1000 and $7000 are available for reconstruction and purchasing of lost items, depending on the extent of damage or loss.

The funds will be made available for homes that were severely damaged and for those whose homes had not been damaged but had lost household items.

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