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The Navua Flood Early Warning System and Response Plan consists of a list of arrangements of how flood warnings will be disseminated to people in the Navua region for the primary purpose of saving lives and property in the event of a sudden onset flood event. This Plan also describes how Response Agencies will operate at a time of a flooding disaster.
This Plan was given urgency after the most recent floods have hit Navua in 2004 which severely damaged property and crucial infrastructure in Navua.
With increasing global temperatures, rising sea levels and more frequent and intense extreme weather events, Pacific islands countries, especially those in warmer latitudes, are the most vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. Their populations are expected to be among the first that will need to adapt to climate change or even abandon their traditional homeland and relocate.
With the approach of the hurricane season, we wish to alert all stakeholders of the urgency of taking precautionary measures for the safety of students, teachers and school properties.
School managements and school heads are reminded of the security of all school properties and assets.
With the onset of unpredictable weather patterns and the possibility of wet weather conditions, school managements, Head Teachers and Principals are encouraged to be vigilant in ensuring that school facilities and resources are not damaged in any way.
It is wise and prudent that the school buildings …
Comprising 45 countries in South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, the region is home to more than half of the world's population, the majority of whom are poor and among the most disadvantaged in the world. Some 600 million women, men and children in the region live below the USD 1 a day poverty line, while 1.8 billion survive on less than USD 2 a day. Compounding the situation, the region is also highly disaster-prone. The diversity, scale and frequency of natural disasters in the region are daunting.
U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
The experiences of the past many years, has demonstrated to us, the severity and the frequency of natural hazards, and indeed, as we all know, the impact of the disasters is magnified by our lack of preparedness.
Acting Deputy Secretary of Education Primary and Secondary, Jimione Buwawa highlighted the findings as he launched the Educational Manuals on Disaster Preparedness at the Raffles Tradewinds yesterday (9/09/08).
"Today is a significant day, as we meet here to witness the launch of the Fiji Educational Manual on Disaster management," he said.
"I wish to thank …
The rehabilitation programme in Cikobia has been hailed a success by the Manager Rural Housing, Mr Jovilisi Dau.
Mr Dau who is from the Ministry of Provincial Development highlighted that work on Cikobia began after Cyclone Daman destroyed houses, crops and vegetation which led Government to respond immediately to the plight of the people of Cikobia by sending teams to assess the extent of damages.
The team provided the people of Cikobia with food rations and tarpaulin since their homes were filled with sand and sea water.
"A total of 16 houses were built in the four villages …
This report covers the period 01/01/2006 to 31/12/2007 of a two-year planning and appeal process.
Despite the many challenges faced by the regional office and the national societies in the region, progress has been made in all programmes under the Appeal 2006-2007. Under the health and care programme, four national societies joined the Global HIV/AIDS Alliance, including the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati and Samoa.
The Labasa Mayor, Dr Pradeep Singh has confirmed that roads conditions in Labasa are gradually improving.
He says this has been possible through the Government grant for the upgrade of roads in Labasa.
"As far as the Labasa town itself is concerned we are improving on our roads which, was deteriorating due to the series of floods."
Dr Singh said this improvement has put people at ease because in the past they faced continuous transport difficulties due to the deteriorating road conditions.
"Most of the roads have improved and road works are in progress at the …
The Permanent Secretary for Provincial Development, Mr Manasa Vaniqi today received a cheque of F$600,000 for the rehabilitation of the agriculture sector from the Australian High Commissioner, Mr James Batley.
In handing over the agricultural rehabilitation funds to the Permanent Secretary, the High Commissioner said Australia has always assisted and will continue to assist its Pacific Island neighbours when natural disasters strike.
Moreover,in receiving the Fund Mr Vaniqi highlighted Fiji's gratitude in receiving Australia's timely assistance adding that the funds will be …
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama this morning received a US$2150 cash donation from ex Fiji residents now living in San Francisco to assist the people affected by the recent Cyclone Gene.
Fiji's Honorary Consul to San Francisco, Dr Narayan Raju made the presentation on behalf of the Fiji American National Association (FANA) and the Global Initiative for Today and Tomorrows Education (GIFTTE).
Commodore Bainimarama was gratified by the act of generosity from the two ex -Fiji resident organizations, adding such gestures would go a long way in assisting the needy in …
Surveys carried out by Agricultural officers showed that the Central Division was the worst hit by Cyclone Gene when it swept through the Fiji Group last month.
Director for Agriculture Extension Division Mr.
Government will provide relief food rations worth $1.7 million to people affected by Tropical Cyclone (TC) Gene.
Cabinet based its decision on a submission by the Prime Minister, Commander Voreqe Bainimarama who briefed Cabinet on the extent of damage sustained by communities and sectors during the onslaught of tropical cyclone Gene, the national relief and rehabilitation needs assessment from the nations social, infrastructural and economic sectors, the total estimated financial resources that may need to be sourced and deployed for relief and rehabilitation work.
The Prime Minister …
The Minister for Agriculture and Primary Industries, Mr Joketani Cokanasiga will be taking a two-day tour to the Western Division along with senior officials of the ministry tomorrow.
The main focus of the trip will be in Nadi where Mr Cokanasiga will be inspecting the areas prone to flooding and the ongoing dredging works that are currently being undertaken at the Nadi River mouth.
Acting Director for Land and Water Resource Management Division (LWRM), Mr Lakshman Mudaliar said Mr Cokanasiga will be meeting with the Nadi Mayor Mr Timoci Koroiqica and the Nadi Chamber of Commerce …
The Ministry of Education views the education of students as top priority.
In a statement released by the Minister for Education Mr Filipe Bole said although Cyclone Gene had created a temporary setback, the Ministry was determined that very shortly; all machinery of Education would be in full throttle again and providing quality education to the students in our classrooms.
In the Central Division, all schools were opened for classes with the exception of Wainimala Secondary School which was still closed because of the shortage of food for the boarders due to the state of the road …
The State will have to look for $13.3-million or more to fully restore the national road network, acting director roads Paula Baleilevuka says. "A preliminary cost to fully restore the national road network is estimated at $13.3million," he said. "This may increase as some roads are still inaccessible.
One person had died from typhoid and more cases of the disease are emerging in Fiji, just days after tropical cyclone Gene swept through the country.
The victim was a 33-year-old woman from the northern village of Nailou.
Inia Seruiratu, of the National Disaster Management Centre, says authorities are investigating several reports of typhoid outbreaks in Fiji.
He's told Radio Australia part of the problem is the destruction of some water supplies by Cyclone Gene.
"This is one of the major contributing factors.