Eight new Tsunami Sirens were commissioned yesterday.
Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development Permanent Secretary Meleti Bainimarama says this is all for the protection of the lives and livelihoods of the people living in Suva.
The tsunami siren project and installation was implemented in partnership with the Fiji National Disaster Management Office and the Pacific Community.
Bainimarama says that this project marks another successful launch of the National Disaster Awareness Week.
He says that there are plans on more installations around the country.
“The Ministry also plans to install Tsunami sirens in highly populated and vulnerable areas in the western, northern divisions and larger maritime islands and on Vanua Levu.”
For the next phase, Bainimarama says that for additional sirens to be installed would need funding and assistance from potential donors.
“We also hope to secure the assistance of local business houses for this worth while cause, it is the governments ultimate aim to install sirens in all Tsunami prone areas around the country by at least 2020.”
He added that the support of various stakeholders played a major role.
Yesterdays event was aligned to the International Day for Disaster Reduction focusing on Target C of the Sendai Framework “Reducing disaster economic loss.