THE heavy rain on Friday last week caused a landslide at Tuvaruhu in Central Honiara which resulted in the collapse of a home at 10:30pm.
Speaking to the Solomon star was the owner of the house, Bernard Ngara, said that he was at home sleeping when the landslide occurred and pushed the house down the hill.
Mr Ngara said that he was lucky that only he his brothers-in-law were home at that time, adding that if his wife and children had not gone to their home village, the situation could have been tragic.
“I remember it was 10:30PM when I went into to the house and like I always do, I prayed that night before going to bed. Not long after that my brother-in-law came into the house and went to bed. I was fast asleep when all of a sudden, the house shook and moved. The next thing I knew was I was sitting next to my brother in-law before the house landed with us at the bottom of the hill on which it was built.
“After that I realised my head was injured whilst my brother-in-law had his arms poked by two nails,” Mr Nagara recalled.
Mr Nagara said he and his brother-in-law were not too worried as there was just the two of them and they knew that God was watching over them.
He said the hill was 12 to 15 metres high and though not very high, the impact of the landslide was intense as the copper sheets and rafters were flown apart before the rest of the house landed downhill.
Mr Ngara said though he and his brother-in-law incurred injuries, they were minor.
He also took the opportunity to encourage people who have built houses on the hill and the edge of it to be cautious during rainy seasons and cyclones else they could experience a similar or even worser situation.
“There are some of us who are fortunate not to lose our lives in such situation and I owe it all to God’s love and mercy,” Mr Ngara added.
By MARY MANELEGUA
Solomon Star, Honiara