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National disaster awareness week launched

13:20 Fri Oct 13, 2017

Taken from/By: FBC news
Report by: Maggie Boyle

More than 20 million people are displaced annually across the globe because of natural disasters.

This was one of the statistical reminders that was echoed at the launch of National Disaster awareness week today.

Defence and National Security Minister Ratu Inoke Kububola noted that Fiji was still recovering from the effects of Cyclone Winston with a damage bill of nearly two billion dollars.

With the theme ‘Be Tsunami Ready’, the Minister stressed the importance of being prepared in the event of a giant tidal wave.

Kubuabola told the delegates including school children that Tsunamis have the greatest potential to have a devastating impact on a large segment of Fiji’s population.

Kubuabola says that majority of Fiji’s villages, settlements, communities, towns and cities are located within the tsunami danger zone, making us particularly susceptible to the damages that can come from a sudden ocean surge.

He adds that proper planning for a tsunami will save lives.

The Minister says that people should expect more frequent and intense disaster events like Winston and should be prepared for it.

Meanwhile, key documents, the Fiji National Humanitarian Policy for Disaster Risk Management and the Fiji Tsunami Response Plan was launched today.

These documents will provide the blueprint for coordination and will improve our response to disasters.

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