Local Government Profile
"Disaster Risk Reduction needs a co-ordinated effort. We as local government are at the front line. Progress at the local level requires all of us (International, National and Local) to work together"
Hazard and vulnerability profile
Almost every year Fiji is hit by cyclones which results in food security issues, replacing and rebuilding infrastructure. Most evacuation centres are not well equipped therefore we face health and security issues. Most evacuation centre are located in vulnerable areas, ie. low-lying coastal areas.
The last earthquake that caused damages in Fiji was recorded in 1952 whereby damages to infrastructure was noted. The earthquake was followed by a Tsunami.
Lami is located on the coast and is affected by both coastal and inland flooding every year. With the intensity and increase in rainfall Lami experiences flooding of its low line areas. The current drainage system can no longer cater the runoff water.
The soil formation is porous, red soil therefore landslides are common in areas that are hilly. Most residential areas are located in the hilly terrains. Landslides have been recorded in several areas of Lami and it requires major financial budget for rebuilding.
A Tsunami occurred after the earthquake of 1952 whereby the Peninsula was affected. Loss and damage of infrastructure was recorded. The Tsunami struck the Central Business Division area. Currently the Central Business Division area has build up with several new buildings and other infrastructure.
Disaster Risk Reduction Activities
Strengthening Disaster Preparedness:
- Partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)/Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (SOPAC)
- National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) on inundation maps (tsunami, flooding)
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