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Blind School Ready For Disaster

In an event of a real Tsunami emergency, the Fiji Society for the Blind has 10 minutes to move 24 students, who are visually impaired, to their designated area at the Suva Muslim College, Mead Road.
06 Nov 2019 09:43
Blind School Ready For Disaster
The tsunami drill was part of the Government’s commitment towards improving its state of readiness for any tsunami event.

In an event of a real Tsunami emergency, the Fiji Society for the Blind has 10 minutes to move 24 students, who are visually impaired, to their designated area at the Suva Muslim College, Mead Road.

Yesterday, students were part of a drill organised by the Mineral Resource Department, the Fiji Police Force, the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and the Fiji Navy in Vatuwaqa yesterday.

Head of School Sharmila Chandra said the drill was carried out smoothly.

“This strengthens our preparation for our students who are particularly visually impaired. Our students really need to know in case of a real emergency,” Ms Chandra said.

“We have two buses available, one 15-seater and 30-seater which is available to the school at all times, ready to transport students to the designated area in an event of a real situation.

“The drill done yesterday was a real success and the school is expected to carry out more drills in the near future.”

The drill coincides with World Tsunami Awareness Day, declared by the UN General Assembly that was celebrated yesterday.

Three other schools in the area were also involved in the drill – Mahatma Gandhi Memorial School, Saint Marcellin Primary School and Marist Champagnat Institute.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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