Fijiana rep worries about family’s safety

REALISING how bad Fiji was hit by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston, Fijiana rep Brittany Coates was worried about her family in Nananu Village in Tailevu.

Coates was in Fiji last Christmas with her partner Flying Fijians Setareki Tamanivalu but was not selected for the Brazil tour because of sickness.

Today, she is still trying to get in contact with her family in the Tailevu North village, an area where Severe TC Winston’s destructive powers caused havoc.

“I’m really worried about my family in Nananu Village, in Tailevu, because the village is close to the water,”she told

And for now, since electricity and communication lines have been sporadic, I have been using social media to check in on people’s safety.

Coates said she talked to her Fijian teammates, and said some hadn’t heard from their families either. “They’re finding it quite hard; I know that they’ll be worried. When you’re so far away from your family, and Fijians are so family orientated, they’ll be feeling a bit upset about it.”

Not being in Fiji when the cyclone hit is not considered by Coates as being lucky to have missed the storm but instead feels “helpless” not being able to offer comfort to those dealing with the cyclone’s impact.

“I want to get back as soon as I can and help with the clean-up.”

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