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Sea plane relief flight is first on Vanuabalavu

People on Vanuabalavu have lost their homes and desperately need food and water, a Suva business women Eceli Rosa said after making first contact with the island post Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.  Mrs Rosa who is from Mavana village chartered a sea plane to make the 90 minute flight taking relief supplies to the island. The owner of […]

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February 24, 2016 5:05 pm

People on Vanuabalavu have lost their homes and desperately need food and water, a Suva business women Eceli Rosa said after making first contact with the island post Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston. 

Mrs Rosa who is from Mavana village chartered a sea plane to make the 90 minute flight taking relief supplies to the island.

The owner of popular bakery chain, Cakes 2000 said her top priority had been to check on the health of her mother who lives on Vanuabalavu.

We were the first aircraft on the island. I was worried because there was no way to contact  Vanuabalavu.

The people there have nothing, the houses are gone. The pictures  taken on the (NZAir Force) plane is nothing compared to what we saw.

She said villagers needed assistance immediately as supplies she took there would not last very long.

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Mrs Eceli Rosa with family and friends in Vanuabalavu this morning. She brought her mother back to Suva from cyclone ravaged Vanuabalavu. PICTURE: Eceli Rosa/Facebook.

Mrs Rosa said there were no deaths reported on the village of Mavana but most of the houses were gone and those left standing were all badly damaged.

It is very sad to see the devastation up close.

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Houses destroyed on the island of Vanua Balavu. PICTURE: Eceli Rosa/Facebook

Update: Feb 25 11.59am: It has been confirmed that there were deaths in other villages on Vanuabalavu.

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