|+ Early Warning System – Fiji
The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) announced last week that Fiji will develop an early warning system for floods.
In Fiji, flash floods are common hazardous events that pose a serious threat to populations. In recent years, floods and landslides have claimed lives of people, damages to properties and infrastructure, putting back decades of development, and disruption to business and livelihoods.
In February 2017, parts of the Nadi area were under water as continual heavy rain created multiple flash flooding events. In April 2018 Tropical Cyclone Josie brought torrential rains and flooding in the town of Ba on the island of Viti Levu, causing four fatalities, and another presumed drowned.
Experts met in Nadi, Fiji 12-16 November 2018, to discuss the implementation of the Flash Flood Guidance System (FFGS).
The meeting discussed and developed a work plan for the implementation of FijiFFGS, a name chosen to ensure ownership of the project and show that its applications are specifically targeting the islands of Fiji. Further details are available here.