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Tsunami drill launches siren

Alisi Vucago
Thursday, March 01, 2018

Update: 3:32PM FIVE schools located along Nasese in Suva were today part of a tsunami drill, which also launched a new siren to be used in future alerts.

The tsunami siren was activated in Nasese today after which the students of the five schools - Suva Grammar School, Veiuto Primary School, Sacred Heart College, Draiba Primary School and Stella Marist Primary School - had to evacuate as part of the drill.

Minister for Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Inia Seruiratu said it was imperative to ensure that Fiji was constantly ready and prepared for the event.

"Our emergency operators need to be adequately prepared for such an operation," Mr Seruiratu said.

"Today's tsunami evacuation exercise will provide a few schools with an opportunity to test their tsunami preparedness and evacuation plan."

The exercise is funded by the Japanese government through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and implemented by the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO).

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