Lelata family wants Government to speed up wall construction

By Ulimasao Fata ,

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Victoria Eutika of Ma’agao.

Victoria Eutika of Ma’agao.

Cyclone Gita has caused so much damage to families living in the Lelata area.

Victoria Eutika’s family is one of them.

Yesterday, the 25-year-old shared that her family in Ma’agao and Lelata were affected by the Vaisigano River flooding over the weekend.

Ms. Eutika believes the river burst this time is quite severe compared to the past.

She said the flood had damaged some of their belongings around their house.

“The flood basically took out much of the plantation around our house and that was the source of food we depend on.”

Ms. Eutika was busy preparing food for her family when the Village Voice team met her yesterday afternoon.

She says families in her area suffer because of the river bursting its banks more than once.

Victoria Eutika’s banana patch destroyed by the Cyclone.
Victoria Eutika’s banana patch destroyed by the Cyclone.

“The river burst last week, but families in our areas weren’t that affected, until Saturday morning and the recent one.

“We were so lucky that the water didn’t enter our main house, but our kitchen and the small houses were all flooded.

“You can’t see it now because it has all drained out, but yesterday was really bad.”

Ms. Eutika says Tropical Cyclone Gita has left a mark in the lives of most families in Samoa.

“I am sure few other families, apart from our family, were affected by Cyclone Gita.

“So for now we just have to start cleaning because for sure after the flood it will be muddy around here and bad air will generate out of it.”

Ms. Eutika says they are requesting the Government to speed up the construction of the wall alongside the Vaisigano riverbanks.

“The wall will keep us safe.”

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