Fiji Time: 2:12 AM on Friday 29 May

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Drought does more damage

Shayal Devi
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

ABOUT 60 per cent of all natural disasters that strike Pacific Island countries are climate change related.

This was revealed by UN Women Pacific representative Cecilia Aipiri during the week-long Pacific partnerships to strengthen gender, climate change response and sustainable development workshop at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi.

"4 per cent of all disasters are man-made and 36 per cent is geological," she said.

According to Ms Aipiri, droughts affected islanders more than flooding or cyclones.

"Droughts are slow disasters and they are hard to track and not popular.

"When we talk about climate change and disaster risk management, droughts are an issue that is almost never talked about."

She said long and short-term goals for ways in which disaster situations could be addressed needed to be implemented by governments.

"The signs of climate change are showing — slow sea level rise and change in air temperature is all tied together. The frequency of cyclones is increasing as is the intensity of hurricanes in the South Pacific."

She said many politicians were not investing in disaster risk reduction because there was no certainty as to when a disaster could happen.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 'It's up to her'
  2. $225m reality
  3. Airline to name new CEO, managing director
  4. Missing person
  5. Graduates monitored
  6. Big bird joins growing fleet of aircraft
  7. A fixed charge
  8. Warriors ready for Pampas
  9. State not involved
  10. Bill allows civil servants to join unions

Top Stories this Week

  1. Heroes of the night Friday (22 May)
  2. Top cop foils robbery attempt Friday (22 May)
  3. Ratu Naiqama suspended Friday (22 May)
  4. Hacker's degree Tuesday (26 May)
  5. US Mercy visits Fiji Monday (25 May)
  6. Ratu Naiqama apologises Friday (22 May)
  7. Size doesn't matter for Labalaba Monday (25 May)
  8. Hacking horrors Tuesday (26 May)
  9. Ryan's attention turns to Rio Olympics Monday (25 May)
  10. Erectile dysfunction Monday (25 May)