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Prepared people weather the storm

Felix Chaudhary
Sunday, January 27, 2013

PEOPLE living in a settlement in Ba used lessons learnt from environmental education training conducted by an AusAID-funded project to successfully prepare and weather Tropical Cyclone Evan.

Taniela Malocebe, from Soweri Settlement, located 10 minutes from Ba Town, said as a result of Live and Learn's Building Resilience: Strengthening Community Adaption Measures to the Effects of Climate Change training program, people living in the settlement were prepared and fared better than surrounding communities when Evan hit last month.

"We monitored the cyclone closely by listening and heeding warnings and advice broadcast through the media and monitored rivers and streams more closely for signs of flooding. Families did not take any chance and sought refuge in the community church which served as an evacuation centre," he said.

Mr Malocebe said residents also stocked up on food, water, firewood, clothes and other items in preparation for the cyclone.

"Immediately after the cyclone had passed, we boiled all drinking water and prioritised water for consumption because of knowledge that the main water supply would be disrupted for long periods after the cyclone which in this case turned out to be a month," he said.