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124 natural disasters in 37 years

Torika Tokalau
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

FIJI reported 124 natural disasters in the 37 years to 2009.

This was confirmed by Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management deputy secretary Setareki Tale at the opening of the capacity training on the establishment of geo data management for disaster risk reduction.

"As of 2009, Fiji reported 124 natural disasters," Mr Tale said.

"Tropical cyclones accounted for 50 per cent of them, followed by floods (33 per cent) and earthquakes (8 per cent)."

He said Fiji was located along the equatorial belt of volcanic origin which made it vulnerable in experiencing storms, tropical cyclones and earthquakes.

Mr Tale said the week-long training was timely and relevant considering the frequency of natural disasters that had affected Fiji in the recent past.

He said the training was aimed at establishing the geospatial portal for disaster risk management in the government server.

"It is the intention, therefore, that at the end to this training, participants would have gained some knowledge of geospatial data management for disaster risk reduction that would assist you in establishing geospatial portal for disaster risk management (Geo-DRM) in the Fiji government.

"And further enhance your ability to acquire, process, disseminate and apply geospatial data for disaster risk reduction."





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