Residents relive Cyclone Evan horror

By Ulimasao Fata ,

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Youths trying to remove the logs and tree trunks from the area.

Youths trying to remove the logs and tree trunks from the area. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

Residents and families living in the area of Lelata, Ma’agao and Fa’atoia relived the horror of Cyclone Evan on Friday night.

Robin Tauili’ili, 28, explained that the burst of the Vaisigano River resulted in the floods.

“This area is vulnerable to heavy floodwaters every time the river bursts from heavy rains,” he said. 

“So the problem here is that instead of the water flowing directly towards the bridge, the river’s waterway gets blocked because of the logs and tree trunks dragged by the river.

“So these tree trunks and logs block the river flow, and instead of the river flowing where it should, it made its way up here to the road.”

Mr. Tauili’ili said his family was lucky not to get affected by the floodwaters.

Robert Fa’ataga at Lelata.
Robert Fa’ataga at Lelata.
Right in front of Apia Park Sport’s Complex.
Right in front of Apia Park Sport’s Complex.

“A lot of the families here are not new to these kinds of disasters, but this reminds us the people living here about Cyclone Evan in 2012.

“My family lives right at the back where the river flows, but lucky we weren’t affected by this hazardous disaster.

“This is the third time the river has burst its banks this week, but the burst last night was more severe.”

Another area nearby Lelata that was also affected was the Apia Park Sport’s Complex.

Apia Park was flooded with water, including Moata’a.

As a result of the floods, all the sports scheduled yesterday at the Apia Park Sports Complex were postponed.

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