'Beautiful soul': Auckland father of two killed by tornado named

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sun, 20 Jun 2021, 2:50PM
Janesh Prasad (right) was a married father with two children. (Photo / Givealittle)
Janesh Prasad (right) was a married father with two children. (Photo / Givealittle)

'Beautiful soul': Auckland father of two killed by tornado named

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sun, 20 Jun 2021, 2:50PM

A Givealittle page has been set up for the family of a man killed after a tornado tore through Auckland.

Father of two Janesh Prasad died after he was picked up and thrown against an object as the tornado ripped through the Ports of Auckland shipping container yard yesterday morning.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said he understood Prasad was a contractor and not a Ports of Auckland employee.

"I understand that the person's fatal injuries were caused literally by the person being thrown at a distance and hitting a solid object.

"It's really sad and our thoughts are with all of those that worked with and were family to and friends of the person that was killed."

A Givealittle page has today been set up by a friend of Prasad with all funds to go to his wife, Mala, and their daughters, Ashley, 13 and Jesh, 10.

"Friends and family are preparing for the funeral and supporting Mala.

"We need some help from New Zealand community to assist Maya and the two children financially.

"Your donation will be great help to Mala and the kids allowing them to maintain normal life as possible," friend Reg Prasad wrote.

Friends have also been paying tribute to Janesh Prasad on social media.

One wrote, "Janesh Kaka was a very hard-working, humble, caring and very helpful person and was a very good neighbour for which he will be greatly missed. He was a person who was known to manage his time very wisely".

Another friend posted funeral details which will see Prasad farewelled on Wednesday at 1pm at the Auckland Indian Funeral Home in Wiri.

Prasad was on a working visa, working as a mechanic and repairing a forklift when the incident happened, the friend wrote.

Another said, "RIP beautiful soul such a tragic death." Another friend wrote, "This is a total shock ... condolences to the family ... stay strong".