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Winston claims life of mother in Tailevu

February 24, 2016 9:51 pm

Causalities also occurred in Wainibuka in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The province was hit hard. Four people were killed, including a mother of two.

Villagers dropped everything they were doing to assist health officials at the Nayavu Health center to transport two children to Korovou hospital that sustained major injuries from Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The two, aged seven and ten from Manu village lost their mother due to very strong winds sustained on Saturday night.

FBC News spoke to the children’s father who was seen with niggling injuries.

‘’We started experiencing this very strong wind at around 6:30pm on Saturday evening. The first two rounds that came wasn’t really strong. However when the third round came it was very strong so I told my wife and the two kids to get ready to leave but when they were still packing we could just feel the wind carry the whole house, carried us together in the house for nearly one hundred meters before he threw us down a river. This is where my wife died instantly and my two children were hurt really bad’’.

The children were unable to witness their mother’s burial due to injuries sustained.

Severe Tropical Winston will be the event etched forever in their minds, it’s the storm that took their mother from them.