Leone describes heartbreaking scene

By Nefertiti Matatia and Ivamere Nataro ,

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“This is bad, very bad because the river rises with the heavy rain and it just overflows and reaches our house.

“This is bad, very bad because the river rises with the heavy rain and it just overflows and reaches our house." (Photo: Misiona Simo)

Bedridden and trapped in the middle of a raging tropical cyclone, Te’o Simaile could only ask his family to evacuate in the wee hours of yesterday morning.

Mr. Simaile, who lives in Leone, described what he saw and felt as a heartbreaking scene, especially when his family members, including a one-year-old baby, struggled to cross flooded waters to reach higher grounds.

He explained: “This is the first time to experience this kind of flood, compared to Cyclone Evan in 2012 where there was a water blast, but it went straight to the sea, this is different. 

“This is bad, very bad because the river rises with the heavy rain and it just overflows and reaches our house.

“Back then the water would never come in, but this time it is different. The last one we had was a hurricane.”

Whenever it rained, not only do they place their belongings in shelves and other higher places inside their house, Mr. Simaile also experiences the pain of gout.

“I told my family to move to higher ground when the floodwaters started rising, but I wanted to stay here,” the 63-year-old told the Samoa Observer.

“The water is deeper at the back of my house, so it’s a struggle for my family members to move to higher ground last night.

“Now that I have seen what happened I have to tear the whole house down and make a new foundation but first I need to pay off all the loans.”

Mr. Simaile has a house in Vailele where his wife lives and he has plans to rebuild and make a higher foundation for their current home.

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