By Vourie Moli
A young mother from Manples area, Port Vila is going through the worst days of her life after losing her newborn baby when super cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu last week.
The little girl died due to the dense heat she faced when she and her mother and grandmother had to move to an evacuation centre along with many other women, children and men for safety.
The young mother who is originally from Banks couldn’t hide her tears when relating the sad story of how her four-day old baby died to Yumi Toktok Stret.
When the monstrous Pam struck Shefa province and specially Port Vila in the late hours of Friday the 13th of March 2015, almost all of the residents of Manples and Tebakor area had to move to the closest evacuation centres, which are church buildings including AOG Evangelist Temple, Apostolic Life Ministry and Pakaroa.
A very small number, mostly the energetic men find shelter in the little Pusupe Presbyterian church building. The little angel who had not been named yet, is one of the bigger groups of evacuees, along with her mother and paternal grandmother to the Pakaroa building.
“Just after midnight, when the whole of Port Vila is experiencing the worst destruction with copper sheets, metals and tree branches flying everywhere, she began to show signs of uneasiness. She also began developing signs of rashes all over her face due to the humidity around her,” her paternal grandmother said.
The child left this world on her grandmother’s arms and when rushed to the hospital, the doctor confirmed the sad news.
The young child had not been named yet as her father is still in New Zealand under the RSE Scheme and is due to be back in Vanuatu this week.
Meanwhile a number of babies had been born on the night the hideous Pam struck Efate including a baby girl who was delivered on the NDMO vehicle cabin, had it not been for a young, smart and intelligent NDMO Staff.