Fiji Time: 11:10 AM on Saturday 20 January

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

$1.2b in disaster damage, Fiji tops list

Ana Madigibuli
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FIJI, among all Pacific island countries, topped the highest cost of damage and losses from disasters, totalling about $1.2billion over the past 30 years.

Minister for Works Captain Timoci Natuva revealed this in his official address at the opening of the National Platform for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change at Novotel Convention Centre in Lami yesterday, saying this challenge meant a lot of work to be done in Fiji.

"We must promote inclusive and integrated approach within government sectors and also outside. We must improve our networking at all levels," Capt Natuva said.

"We must align ourselves to the aspirations of government that are drawn and aligned to our regional and international mandates."

He said it was timely that stakeholders were present at the national platform to deliberate, discuss and contribute towards a way forward that will provide Fiji with a positive approach to tackle disaster risk and climate change.

"The collaborative approach of regional and international partners who are here with us will enrich the discussions from their perspectives.

"We all know the impact of natural hazards to our shores and outer islands and communities. We are aware of the escalating costs of damage and loss after disaster events."

He said a good number of coastal villages and settlements were requesting government for relocation because of climate change effect.

He hopes the platform will reshape people's thinking and change their mind-set towards their approach to disaster risks and climate change.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62390.6049
JPY 56.369653.3696
GBP 0.36040.3524
EUR 0.41060.3986
NZD 0.69380.6608
AUD 0.63130.6063
USD 0.50390.4869

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 19th, January, 2018

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Perrie to move in with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  2. Pay clarity
  3. Sharma: Times 'misleading' parents, public
  4. Editor's reply
  5. Boat was not in use, says skipper
  6. Swimming for an education
  7. Appeal dismissed
  8. Three-year sentence
  9. Koronubu school still under repair
  10. 220 pin hopes on tribunal

Top Stories this Week

  1. Trip turns tragic Thursday (18 Jan)
  2. Love will keep us together Sunday (14 Jan)
  3. $100 a day Sunday (14 Jan)
  4. Mela beats the odds Thursday (18 Jan)
  5. Capt William calls it a day after 45 years Sunday (14 Jan)
  6. Nadi man dies in crash Wednesday (17 Jan)
  7. Tube ride to school Thursday (18 Jan)
  8. National strike if no resolution, says FTUC Sunday (14 Jan)
  9. Teachers transfer policy Monday (15 Jan)
  10. Man attacks partner Monday (15 Jan)