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Exercise caution to avoid damage

Luke Rawalai
Monday, December 09, 2013

LESS than 50 per cent of houses in Seaqaqa suffered level No. 4 grade of damage during Tropical Cyclone Evan.

Speaking at a disaster awareness program for 24 youth volunteers, volunteer disaster officer Joseva Ravula said level No.4 grade of destruction was the danger level at which house roofing iron sheets were ripped off during strong gale causing major damage.

Mr Ravula said the damage was widespread because people did not take extra caution to secure their houses.

"Even though the level of damage incurred during the last cyclone is minor, it is still a concern as most of these damage happen because people fail to act," Mr Ravula said.

"Most people do not know the avenues to approach post and pre-cyclone stages.

"This workshop will enlighten volunteers to know where to seek assistance from on behalf of their community members."

Mr Ravula said the program also focused on gender roles during and after a cyclone.

"There is a need for all members of the community to co-operate and know their roles to assist personnel who carry out assessments after or during a disaster.

"The one-day awareness program is aimed at educating our volunteers on their roles during a disaster."

Fiji Red Cross disaster management co-ordinator Eseroma Ledua said programs were being implemented to enlighten people of their roles during or after a disaster.

"Most people think that we donate food but it is time they know that we deliver non-food item aid," he said.

"All branches in the North are carrying out their awareness programs as the cyclone season approaches. Fiji Red Cross has managed to assist 3000 families during Tropical Cyclone Evan."





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