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Commissioner lauds government officials

Salaseini Vosamana
Friday, December 21, 2012

COMMISSIONER Northern Lieutenant Colonel Ilai Moceica has thanked government officials in the north for their teamwork and effort during the onslaught of Tropical Cyclone Evan.

Lt-Col. Moceica said the positive involvement resulted in the dissemination of accurate information to communities helping them to prepare well prior to the cyclone.

He said they had tracked the cyclone a week before it struck and the northern emergency operations centre was activated in anticipation of the effect it would have.

"The heads of departments and their officials worked tirelessly to monitor the weather situation and standby arrangements were made on all essential services," he said.

"The team effort was very good, everyone prepared well and played their part in disseminating relevant information to the public on the weather update."

He also thanked the public for their pro-activeness and preparedness.

"The mind-set of people has started to change and this is evident through the way they responded to the weather warning. They are becoming more proactive and most of them have learned from past cyclones," he said.

"This has also eased our workload as officials don't have to spend their time looking for cyclone victims. This is a good collaborative effort between the community and officials and it's really good news that we didn't have any casualty."