Fiji Time: 4:38 AM on Wednesday 22 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Night of terror

Mere Naleba
Monday, February 22, 2016

AS strong winds and waves pounded Qelekuro Village in Tailevu on Saturday night, the wails of one-year-old Vive Marama was still heard and every villager was asking where her mother, Sera Tinai was.

Marama's elder sister, 10-year-old Salacieli Serevi tried to comfort her and every other villager in the darkened village hall also tried to pacify the toddler with pancakes and food.

Villagers said it was probably the time when Tinai was struggling to survive in waist deep sea water that had seeped into the village.

Tinai, one of the five victims of Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston was found five metres away from a house where some family members were sheltered.

She still had on her back a bag that contained her children's clothes, which she had gone to fetch after leaving her children in the hall.

"She told me to wait here (hall), and that she would come back for us," Salacieli said.

Yesterday, she and her siblings were at their flattened home trying to pick what was left of it.

Village headman Autiko Naitini said they only noticed Tinai missing when her daughter could not stop crying. They searched for her when the winds had died.

He said Tinai probably was enroute to the village hall when she decided to go to another house used as an evacuation centre to seek shelter as the winds got stronger.

But before she reached that house, the rooftop of another house flew by and landed on her.

Naitini said her bag was stuck to the roof, which could have hampered her movement. That and the sea flooding contributed to Tinai's sad demise. She is survived by her husband and nine children.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64210.6231
JPY 56.040353.0403
GBP 0.39160.3836
EUR 0.46120.4492
NZD 0.68830.6553
AUD 0.64090.6159
USD 0.49200.4750

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 21st February, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Qoro resigns as exchange boss
  2. 'Death trap'
  3. Workplace accident kills man
  4. Man, 66, on remand
  5. Tough lesson for Kamila
  6. Workers ready to go
  7. Hope slowly erodes
  8. Expect 'heavy rain and wind'
  9. One year on
  10. Market renovation

Top Stories this Week

  1. Villagers burn objects used for 'witchcraft' at village cleansing Saturday (18 Feb)
  2. Man dies in custody Saturday (18 Feb)
  3. Family given son's post mortem exam results Monday (20 Feb)
  4. Life in prison Thursday (16 Feb)
  5. A lifetime try as Jasa weds sweetheart Saturday (18 Feb)
  6. $95,000 payout Monday (20 Feb)
  7. No more sleeping in car Saturday (18 Feb)
  8. Acid leak at lami Thursday (16 Feb)
  9. Qoro resigns as exchange boss Tuesday (21 Feb)
  10. Day of fate Monday (20 Feb)