Natural disasters

New disaster messaging system for Fiji

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) launched its 'Find my Evacuation Centre' messaging system on Tuesday, saying disasters such as cyclones demanded a quick response of accurate information from the authorities to the public.

Director Vasiti Soko said the Short Message Service or SMS would be used to deliver communication to Fijians during disasters.

Soko said with the cyclone season on the horizon, the service would help people identify their nearest evacuation centre and also locate the nearest disaster management officials.

Vanuatu’s Tanna communities benefit from Climate Change, Climate and Geo-hazards awareness

The training was offered by the Department of Climate Change (DoCC) and Vanuatu Meteorology & Geo-hazards Department (VMGD) in schools as well.

The aim was to inform and build community resilience through information on Climate, Climate Change and Natural Disasters.

Another aim was to educate the vulnerable communities to ensure resilience building occurs and to inform people that Climate Change is an urgent environmental matter that needs to be addressed using practical solutions that will assist them to address its impacts in future.

Vanuatu youth presidents mobilise young people for disaster response

Vanuatu was hit by TC Harold in April and residents on Tanna have been affected by ashfall from the Yasur volcano. 

The two disasters have caused devastation to properties and vegetation.

Vanuatu National Youth Council (VNYC) through the current leadership of President Morry Rueben and its executive would like to see that the VNYC secretariat and its members including young people be participative and supportive during these times.

Low cost housing product introduced in Vanuatu

The ‘Isi Haos’ Product is more than shelter.

The houses come in different packages with a 3,000 litre water tank, an underground well and solar power, available from Vt1.2 up to Vt3 million.

Executive General Manager of NBV’s Rural Banking and Financial Inclusion, John Aruhuri, said the product takes into account the situation of the country.

“We continue to face a variety of disasters including the challenge of climate change year after year.”

“We (NBV) design this product to provide a safe and secure housing for everyone.”

With focus on natural disasters, UN risk reduction forum opens in Mexico

“Human and economic losses from disasters cannot continue at current levels if we are going to progress with the Sustainable Development Goals,” the Deputy Secretary-General said at the opening on Wednesday evening.

Held every two years since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami to discuss disaster reduction, the 2017 Global Platform – the fifth such event to date – is bringing together some 6,000 Heads of State, policy makers, disaster risk managers, civil society and other participants.