People’s Love

Talking into Natural Disasters, there is one that I want to talk about which happened this year. On 22nd of February, one of the worst natural disaster that happened in Fiji which is called Cyclone Winston  killed more than 40 people. I want to talk about this because Fiji is an island where technology is not as advanced as other countries and not a rich country. Fiji is known as the worlds happiest country. Looking at how everyone get together to help those who are in need is a way of love from people.

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Image 1:  shows the difference before and after Cyclone Winston Hit Fiji 

Big landscapes, views of traditional ways of living and also a lot of villages in this country are seen. It is estimated that 32,000 homes were left damaged or destroyed and 350,000 people have been affected by the cyclone (ABC News 2016). Tourism is the main income for this country and for a cyclone to hit, it has changed a lot.Travelling around parts in Fiji, you will find out there is this thing called Fiji Time meaning ”slow pace” which i guess this is why Fiji is relaxing place to be, hardly anything to be worried about. But as the cyclone hit Fiji it has become the worst in this country, circulation of tap water and electricity wasn’t fixed properly for months and people might guess that there will be  limited amount of food which is especially seen in the villages (Iltis 2016).

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Image 2: Damaged houses 

Technology is out of words to say, it is late to make or build something fast to be able to fix everything which cost money for Fiji but this can develop new ways of thinking what future technology can be designed not only for Fiji but for other countries as well which is low in cost, help the society and prevent damages that happened before.

For these countries the most important thing to do is to gather together and help each other and this was clearly shown to me. People in city and town which wasn’t badly damaged donated everything they can which it delivered to the damaged areas. All these volunteers and even some business people closed their shops to give in some help to others. What is amazing to see is that even there is a huge damage to the country, people of Fiji is still happy and smiling in helping each other to build their homes again.

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Image 3: Children gathering outside school building where everyone is staying for safety. 

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Image 4: Family living in evacuation centre. 

Looking at these pictures, it can tell us that no matter there is lack of advanced technology, people always happy and work together to restore what has been damaged. Always a smile is the best medicine to cure for the people beside you and around you.

-Carol Lan

Reference:

Iltis, Tony. Fiji: Climate change claims more victims [online].  Green Left Weekly, No. 1085, 01 Mar 2016: 13. Availability:<http://search.informit.com.au.ezproxy.lib.uts.edu.au/documentSummary;dn=886337306760127;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1036-126X. [cited 08 Sep 16].

ABC News. 2016, ‘Fiji extends state of disaster in wake of Cyclone Winston’ viewed 9th September 2016, <http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-21/fiji-extends-state-of-disaster-in-wake-of-cyclone-winston/7264482&gt;

ABC News. 2016, ‘Fiji before and after photos of Cyclone Winston’ viewed 9th September 2016, <http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-07/fiji-before-after-photos-cyclone-winston/7220784&gt;

AAP 2016, ‘Villages wiped out as category 5 cyclone hits Fiji’, news, The Australian, 21 feb, viewed 9th September 2016, <http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/villages-wiped-out-as-category-5-cyclone-hits-fiji/news-story/fe9bf47b88f538d1bc766121e561d64d&gt;

ABC News. 2016, ‘Fiji Cyclone Winston Death Toll’ viewed 9th September 2016, <http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-22/fiji-cyclone-winston-death-toll-rises/7188364&gt;

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