Isaia prepares family for Cyclone Gita

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Road to Ieti Isaia’s home.

Road to Ieti Isaia’s home.

Ieti Isaia is not taking anything lightly as Samoa braces for Cyclone Gita.

The 29-year-old from Vaisigano shared his experiences of the impact of heavy rain.

Having his house flooded and ruined every time because of the river bursting its banks is nothing new for him, but the aftermath of it all is the worst part, especially having to rebuild, clean and replace everything which costs a lot.

“This issue that we now face has been around for a very long time, I understand also that this is the reason that they have built the wall next to the river.

I am not sure about other families and how they are coping with the flood, but for my family personally, we are actually accustomed to it because we have been through it many times. 

“Especially here in this area that I live in because it is the most affected,” he said.

He mentioned the flood has brought so many changes and challenges to his family

“Back in the days this was not the height of our house, but because of the flood, it has left mud here on the foot of our house,” he added.

The foundation of his house has also been affected and having a wooden house is what he is mindful of because it starts rotting.

“There is so much money that is spent on replacing certain things ruined by the flood such as the ovens, refrigerators. The minute there is heavy rain, we know what to do and expect.

“Sack of sands does not work because it will not stop the water from overflowing. When the water bursts its banks, we run out of all sorts of ideas to try and block it out.”

Mr. Isaia says the flood also brings in a lot of rubbish.

“We always try to quickly clean our houses after a heavy rain or flood.

“Despite how clean and tidy my compound is, when it floods, all the rubbish reaches my land. So I am still waiting for the right time to wash it all off.

“If we are quick to take action and immediately clear things, then there is a possibility of fewer problems to avoid.

“The last cyclone damaged both our cars. There was one car which has already been fixed and it cost us a lot of money. The other we just threw it away because we could not afford its maintenance,” he added.

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