GOVERNMENT officials in the North were part of a post disaster needs management workshop in Labasa yesterday to enhance their knowledge on how to effectively assess natural disaster impacts on society.
Speaking at the workshop, organised by the Ministry of Planning, facilitator Asha Kambon of Trinidad and Tobago said the post disaster needs management methodology had become an international standard.
Ms Kambon said government had made the decision to institutionalise the processing of the post disaster needs assessment (PDNA) with civil servants across the country.
"The methodology assists officials to assess loss and damages after a natural disaster," she said.
"In the past, the focus was on damage and not the loss.
"This means that we never really calculated our losses and further meaning that the value of the event was underestimated and the impact of the disaster was underestimated too.
"Sometimes we don't understand the spread of the damage and how it affects the different groups of society and the different geographical spaces."
Ms Kambon said the methodology allowed personnel to look at the effects of natural disasters on different geographic location of people and the different sectors of the economy.