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Strong Winds Blow Roof Off House at Taikone

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By Elizabeth Guka – EMTV News cadet Journalist

As a result of continuous heavy rains and strong winds, a house was destroyed last night at Taikone, Vabukori village, just outside Port Moresby.

Although fierce winds from the coast blew the roof of the house, fortunately there were no casualties, as the occupants were not at home when the incident occurred.

The house, settled on a hill alongside the coast of Taikone, in Vabukori village, had its roof blown off into two separately halves, after strong winds.

Home owner, Kila Frank, had gone to spend the night with his parents at their family home, only a few meters away from where his house stood, whilst his wife and two children were also with their families at Baruni, when their house was destroyed.

When EMTV News arrived at the scene this morning, Kila Frank had gone to Baruni to alert his wife and two children of what had happened.

His mother, Wari Frank, told EMTV what had happened.

“The wind blew at about 8 and 9 o’clock last night, when we were all in the big man house. “My son, decided to check the door, if the door was locked. “So when he ran to the house, he found that the house was knocked down,” she said.

The roof was blown off onto the road, and later dragged to the roadside by neighbors. No casualties were reported.

“My daughter in-law and the two daughters were in Baruni at the time of the incident, and my son is safe and sound,” said Mrs. Frank.

Mrs. Frank described how her son reacted when he found that his house had been destroyed.

She said, “He was very heartbroken. He couldn’t speak.”

The family is now appealing to their families, friends, and members of the public to assist them in slowly rebuilding their lives after losing their house and some of their possessions.

“As a mother, my heart goes out to my son. “Actually he spent a lot of money to build this house. “We are actually thinking of rebuilding it, and we are appealing to those of our family members and maybe the public to come forward to help us,” she added.

There have also been more houses being damaged following strong winds overnight.

And with heavy rains and strong winds set to continue to the next few days, the community here is bracing for more destruction.

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