Fam­i­lies shel­ter at Andrews Pri­mary

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More than 120 fam­i­lies are tak­ing shel­ter at the evac­u­a­tion cen­tre at Andrews Pri­mary School in Nadi as of yes­ter­day. This in­cluded those from nearby set­tle­ments such as Wechikuma, Nawaka Levu and Koro­ciri. Wechikuma Set­tle­ment spokesper­son Aseri Na­mua, 42, said about 529 peo­ple had taken shel­ter at the school since Mon­day morn­ing. “We all have been here since Mon­day morn­ing and ev­ery­thing seems to be al­right as we brace for a se­ries of dis­as­ters,” he said.

“We have learned a lot from pre­vi­ous dis­as­ters and we have to come to these cen­tres to keep our­selves safe. “We had our homes un­der­wa­ter and now the wa­ter has re­ceded but the dirt is still there. We ex­pect the weather to clear then we could re­turn to our nor­mal lives.” He said they were pre­pared but their length of stay at the cen­tre would be de­ter­mined by their need for ra­tions to feed their fam­i­lies. Arun Ku­mar, 49, and his fam­ily of five have also been stay­ing at the cen­tre since Mon­day. “Our fam­ily have been tak­ing shel­ter in this school since the flood­ing started, we just fled when the warn­ing came,” Mr Ku­mar said. “We just have to stay to­gether as a fam­ily and hope the weather im­passe clears quickly.” Mean­while there are 39 evac­u­a­tion cen­tres in Nadi alone, an in­crease of 16 since Tues­day af­ter­noon. Edited by Manasa Kalouniv­iti

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