Life was tough before.
But with Cyclone Gita’s wrath, things will be a lot harder now for many families.
This is according to a father, Semi Fa’asavalu, 50, from Tafitoala, Safata.
Mr. Fa’asavalu said Cyclone Gita’s strong winds last weekend destroyed family properties in their village.
Their house was also flooded and their cookhouse was blown away.
He said Cyclone Gita was similar to Cyclone Evan in 2012.
“We have a lot of food and crops that were destroyed by the floods as well as banana patches, plantations and many of our vegetable gardens,” he said.
“Our family doesn’t really have anyone that works but we depend on our plantation and crops for survival.
“So it’s going to be a lot harder now.
Mr. Fa’asavalu said he is grateful Gita didn’t stick around for long.
“It could have been a lot worse than what we saw if the cyclone had stayed for long here with us,” he said.
“Our front yard was all covered with flood, it was the same as all the families here in Tafitoala and Fausaga villages.”
Three days after, Mr. Fa’asavalu said his family still does not have running water and electricity.
“One of the challenges we are facing is water quality because it is dirty. The power is also out.”
But he is grateful.
He said they are looking forward to rebuilding their family.
“Now the Cyclone has gone past us, we are looking at replanting our crops in order to provide for our family. We are also looking at doing some renovations for our house.”