Awareness week on national disaster management

New Zealand High Commissioner Jonathan Curr , left. with the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Meleti Baininarama and the GIZ 1st Pacific Coordinator James Macbeth (middle) at the launch of the National Disaster Awareness Week at Sukuna Park this morning. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

FIJI is vulnerable to natural hazards and disasters, ranked 16th globally for being most at risk of natural hazards.

New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr highlighted this during the launch of the National Disaster Management Week at Sukuna Park in Suva earlier today.

“Fiji is currently ranked 16th in the United Nations world risks index for the most at risk country to natural hazards such as earthquakes,volcanic eruptions, storms, droughts¬† and sea-level rise,” Mr Curr said.

He said it was important to continue to create awareness during the week.

“Think of how you can actively engaged in national disaster management week and encourage your families and friends to take part,” he said.

Coinciding with the launch, government agencies and UN agencies around Suva took part in a tsunami drill moments ago, a collaboration between nine agencies and the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO).

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