We live right along the lagoon and so we knew when we heard the warning on the radio that our house was going to be affected. We decided as a family to evacuate to the local LDS church.
The night of the cyclone was so scary. I remember fearing for our lives especially because we live near the water and I was so worried about the safety of my grandchildren. It was a sleepless night.
Right the next morning, I remember it was still dark when we came out to check on the house, everything was gone. The top floor had crashed right down onto the ground floor. All we saw was debris and the ocean from the other side. Trees has been uprooted and there were broken branches and power lines everywhere. Most of our belongings had been destroyed by the cyclone. We just thank the Almighty God that no one lost their life.
I DIDN’T WANT MY GRANDCHILDREN TO BE SCARED ANY LONGER
I was just thankful the cyclone was over because I didn’t want my grandchildren to be scared any longer. I was also extremely thankful that none of them were hurt. My entire focus now is making sure my grandchildren return to normal as soon as possible.
We have received a tarpaulin from the NEMO distribution but it wasn’t enough to provide emergency shelter for 3 adults and 3 children. Our entire house was destroyed and the tarpaulins unfortunately cannot not block out the rain coming in from the sides.
We stay under the tarpaulin and we also sleep there. But when it rains we all squeeze into the little cement house right next to our house and sleep there, however, we can’t lie down so we all just sit up and sleep that way.
We are scared to stay there because it’s not safe. But we have no choice. It was also Damaged by the cyclone and we can see cracks all over on the wall and the ceiling.