Family’s sleepless night

By Nefertiti Matatia and Ivamere Nataro ,

1347 Hits

GOING DOWN: The howling winds which brought so much rain with it kept the Peter family up all night.

GOING DOWN: The howling winds which brought so much rain with it kept the Peter family up all night. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

Tropical Cyclone Gita kept a family in Lelata awake all night, fearing for the worse. 

Speaking on behalf of his family to the Sunday Samoan, Harry Peter, 24, said the gusty winds were nothing compared to Cyclone Evan. 

However if the rain and wind persisted, they would have lost more than just their plantation. 

“The wind was really strong in the night until the early hours of the morning and I could only hope that things would calm down because I only live with my younger siblings and mum,” Mr. Peter said. 

He explained that his mum moves around using a wheelchair and this was what worried him throughout the night. 

“There are eight people in my family and it would take us a whole day to clear the debris brought in by floodwaters.

“If things become worse, we will move to my brother’s house in Falelauniu.”

 Mr. Peter said there was enough warning over the media and Facebook.

Unfortunately they were not aware of the floodwaters that that took them by surprise about 6:30am yesterday. 

He shared they would relocate to Nu’u once their house that’s under construction is completed.

The damage caused by the floodwaters to their plantation has left the young man worried over their daily sustenance. 

Peter is thankful to the Disaster Management Response team that came to their aid. 

© Samoa Observer 2016

Developed by Samoa Observer in Apia