The Fijian Government continues to enhance its efforts in providing services that will help prevent loss of lives and reduce damage to properties through natural disasters.
This was stated by the Permanent Secretary of Infrastructure and Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Service, Taitusi Vakadravuyaca at the first steering committee meeting on the Flash-flood Guiding System for Fiji (FijiFFGS).
“The implementation of the FijiFFGS will supplement and improve existing systems for the monitoring and early warning of floods in Fiji and will provide guidance to the Fiji Meteorological Services to cater for future flash-floods forecast and warnings with improved lead time.”
“Flashfloods poses a very significant threat worldwide, it causes the highest number of deaths per number of people affected. Most flash-floods happen after intense rainfall from slow moving systems such as thunderstorms and tropical cyclones.”
Vakadravuyaca said the FijiFFGS is currently being executed by the Fiji Meteorological Services with Hydrology Research Center (HRC) providing technical assistance for the system implementation and training.
World Meteorological Organization is also providing technical services, including monitoring and implementation.
“The main objective for this project is to reduce the vulnerability of the country to hydro-meteorological disasters, specifically, flash floods by developing and implementing a flash flood guiding system to strengthen the national capacity to develop timely and accurate flash flood warnings.”
The three day committee meeting will include discussions, training and presentations on the FijiFFGS with government sectors and various stakeholders.