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Commissioner lauds disaster response

By ANA SOVARAKI The Commissioner Central, Lieutenant-Colonel Laisenia Tuitubou, is happy with the way people in the division responded to disaster warnings during the recent floods. “The communities were very
07 Mar 2014 14:35

By ANA SOVARAKI

The Commissioner Central, Lieutenant-Colonel Laisenia Tuitubou, is happy with the way people in the division responded to disaster warnings during the recent floods.
“The communities were very aware of what to do when the warnings and alerts were sent out; those living in low-lying areas had moved quickly to higher grounds,” Lieutenant -Colonel Tuitubou said.
He said disaster awareness programmes that were carried out in the division had been very effective.
“Last year we conducted two disaster awareness programmes that brought together representatives from villages, districts, provinces, settlements and the district advisory councils.
“We indulged in discussions over how we could prevent losses after a natural disaster occurs; safety measures, preparedness and response,” he said.
He said this had been very effective although there had been some hiccups concerning children and adults likewise, who were seen swimming and playing in flooded rivers, streams and roads.
There were two casualties of the recent flood; 54-year-old Joseva Rabativesi and his six year-old granddaughter, Alena Aditubuna Rabativesi, of Muana Village in Tailevu.
Meanwhile, initial damage assessment carried out in the division had been completed and compiled.
“This would be submitted to the Ministry of Finance after which a cost-verification will be carried out to finalise costs,” Lieutenant-Colonel Tuitubou said.
He said these processes may take a while.
“After all these are carried out then we will begin rehabilitation works but our goal right now is to restore essential services like electricity, water and transportation,” he said.




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