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More Drowning During Cyclones

More Drowning During Cyclones
Water Safety Council of Fiji executive member, Litiana Loabuka (right) during the launch of the 2014 WSCF Drowning Report in Suva yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar
March 14
10:28 2015

More drowning take place during the cyclone season than any other time of the year.

This was revealed by Water Safety Council of Fiji (WSCF) executive member, Litiana Loabuka during the launch of the 2014 WSCF Drowning Report at the Prime Minister’s Office in Suva yesterday.

Forty-seven people had died from drowning last year.

“It’s been months of gathering information and all these data has enabled us for the first time to see that there is a correlation between the cyclone season and the drowning rate,” Mrs Loabuka said.

“Sadly, 47 deaths that happened last year, 77 per cent of them occurred during the cyclone season and the ratio is 2.5 men to one woman.

“Of this, 66 per cent took place in the village or rural areas,” she said.

“We are actually in the process of putting forward our proposed curriculum to the Ministry of Education. We would like that to be implemented in the Year Three from next year.”

Mrs Loabuka said this new step would allow children, regardless of where they reside, to read the curriculum and understand what it was about.

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