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Thursday, March 03, 2005
Posted 1:11 AM by Luigi
Pukapuka taro under six feet of water
RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, Mar. 1) – Minister For National Disaster Management Peri Vaevae Pare has declared a state of emergency for Pukapuka and Nassau after cyclone Percy ravaged the two northern group islands on Sunday. Despite having passed about 40 kilometres to the south of Pukapuka, the 230 kilometers-per-hour winds were still capable of flattening all homes in Nassau and sparing only 10 homes in Pukapuka.
Nassau elders met yesterday and were likely to have agreed that women and young children be evacuated away from the island until repairs are carried out. New Zealand high commissioner Kurt Meyer says that they have received a request, which is under consideration, from the Cook Islands government to help out in the north after cyclone Percy.
It is understood that Pukapuka and Nassau residents have enough food and water to last them a week. However, urgency for immediate supplies such as shelters and some food supplies still remains. Pukapuka islander Tingika Elikana told the briefing that all houses on the coast have been washed out and taro patches are now under at least two metres of seawater.
I was afraid this would be the case. It reminds me of a visit in 1988 when I saw the beautiful taro (including 1 like HI 'piko' with leaf cut to the petiole) bordered with pulaka.Post a Comment
>Also reminds me of the previous cyclone in 1987 in Tokelau when we
spent months harvesting pulaka, planting it on the pit borders while salinity decreased with fortunately good rains. We also got some material then from Olosega-Tokelau (Swains).
Also reminds of Bishop Museum Bull. "Ethnology of Pukapuka" story of some disaster that left only 8 survivors.
I also see that 310km/hr gusts fortunately did not hit Palmerston atoll directly.
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