Disaster leaves children in fear

Luke Rawalai, Saturday, April 30, 2016.

MORE than a month after Severe TC Winston swept through the villages of Navakawau and Vuna on the south end of Taveuni, children in both villages are still trying to heal from their traumatic experiences.

Navakawau villager Misaele Kelepi said children would still cry from the smallest rattling of house tins during adverse weather.

Mr Kelepi said children's movement in the village had been restricted since Severe TC Cyclone adding children were now more accustomed to living in the safety of their homes.

He said families chose to stay in their tents during the height of TC Zena as their children were scared of staying in their houses when mild winds rattled the corrugated iron of their homes.

"The experience of terror that children faced during the height of Severe TC Winston has been etched deep in their hearts," he said.

Villagers are having talks with non-government organisations for the provision of counselling services to the children and adults in the village.

Mr Kelepi said even though it was hard for villagers to forget the experience of Severe TC Winston, it was something that would leave a lasting memory for most of them.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea said psychiatric counselling was available through agencies such as Empower Pacific.