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Disaster resilient town

Felix Chaudhary
Monday, February 25, 2013

RAKIRAKI is well on its way to becoming a disaster resilient town as evident by the two recent natural disasters.

Rakiraki Town Council interim special administrator Seini Raiko-Vunivutu said the town's disaster management plan when the recent tsunami warning was announced spoke volume of preparedness and execution of evacuation procedures.

"For a municipality that has declared its intention to be a disaster resilient town, this quick response confirmed that the majority of citizens in the 'toddler' town take heed of disaster warnings," Ms Vunivutu said.

She said residents' response when the Vaileka River began to rise was also encouraging, with businesses moving stock to elevated areas and residents poised to move to higher ground had the need arose.

"Businesses and market vendors were quick to relocate their stock and close shop when the river next to the central business district started to rise late this (yesterday) afternoon.

"The public calmly but hurriedly made their way home in the heavy rain as they didn't want to be in trouble as a result of laxity. These are all very promising signs and indicative that Rakiraki people are very aware of the dangers posed by natural disasters and will take steps to ensure their safety and the safety of their businesses," she said.