Fiji calls for WMO’s support

THE Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS) has called on the World Meteorology Organization (WMO) to assist with the Coastal Inundation Forecast Demonstration project in the country.

And with talks now in progress with Government on the transfer of the tsunami warning systems to the service, director Ravind Kumar has asked the WMO’s assistance in their work to help coastal communities.

“The Coastal Inundation Forecast Demonstration project has completed its first phase and the second to fourth phases are yet to start. We will request the WMO to look into this, given the importance of our coastal communities,” Mr Kumar said. He added, “the talks at government level are to transfer the mandate of the tsunami warning systems to the Fiji Meteorological Service.”

He said the FMS would also co-ordinate with relevant agencies to see that the tsunami warning systems mandate got transferred “in the coming years and explore the possibility of expansion of the Regional Meteorology Centre”.

He said the FMS plans to host some WMO meetings and trainings in future.

“Moreover, we will fully resource the centre in Suva to implement the disaster recovery plan.”

The Coastal Inundation Forecast Demonstration project allows the FMS to assist coastal communities before storm surges or flooding.