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NEWS | Tsunami Project Phase I:  61,175 Students and Teachers Trained in Tsunami Preparedness

15  April 2019: Between June 2017 and November 2018, the United Nations Development Programme with support from the Government of Japan implemented a regional initiative to strengthen tsunami awareness and preparedness in 18 Asia-Pacific countries. As a result, 61,175 students and teachers participated in 115 evacuation drills and tested their disaster preparedness plans. Read more>>



NEWS | Regional Guide Available for Schools to Prepare for Tsunamis

30 March 2019:  Based on the lessons learnt and good practices under the project, a Regional Guide for Schools to Prepare for Tsunamis has been developed with the purpose of helping tsunami prone schools to sustain and scale up preparedness and evacuation drills. Download >>



VIDEO | Remembering the Great Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

11 March 2019:  Today marked eight years since the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off the north-east coast of Japan, triggering a devastating tsunami. “People tend to forget why disasters happen. Therefore, it’s important that we pass down lessons from disasters to new generations,” said Yuichi Ono, professor of Tohoku University. Watch video>>



NEWS | Tsunami Ready: Women Spearheading Climate Action in Sri Lanka 

22 February 2019:  The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami claimed lives of more than 35,000 Sri Lankans and affected more than one million people across the island. It damaged a total of 183 schools, 18 vocational and industrial training institutes and four universities, affecting the studies of nearly 100,000 students across fourteen Coastal Districts. Read more>>



NEWS | Schools on Andaman Coast on Alert with Regular Drills

09 January 2019:  “Tsunami drills need to be conducted regularly since new students are enrolled every year. With nearly 1,000 schools in Thailand at risk, the need to scale up exponentially is a challenge,” said Lovita Ramguttee, UNDP Thailand’s deputy resident representative to The Nation, English-language daily newspaper in Thailand. Read more>>



NEWS | UNDP and UNISDR Launch a Video to Promote Inclusion in Tsunami Risk Management

26 December 2018:  Tsunamis do not discriminate when they hit but their impact on vulnerable groups can be harder than on others. The video, produced by UNDP and UNISDR, explains why preparedness, early warning and recovery must include special needs of the elderly, persons living with disabilities, women and children. Read more>>



BLOG | The Waves Were Enormous, We Were Afraid of a Tsunami Attack: Rodney Gimis’ Story

16 December 2018:  “I was among other kids watching a movie out in the field when the Police Officer rushed to us and instructed to run to the hill top because of a tsunami warning. I remember that children and women started to cry and men looked confused because they didn’t know what to do,” 57-year-old Rodney Gimis recounts an event that happened 47 years ago, in 1971, in Sohano island, Papua New Guinea. Read more>>


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NEWS | Japan Highlights Collaboration with UNDP on Tsunami Preparedness in Schools in Asia-Pacific

29 March 2018 - The success of UNDP's project on tsunami preparedness in schools, in Asia and the Pacific, is being acclaimed by the Japanese government in a specially commissioned video. Shown in CNN, the the two-minute film features a evacuation drill in Indonesia. Read more>>



NEWS | Japan Pledges $1.5 million for Tsunami Awareness and Disaster Risk Information in Schools in Asia-Pacific

10 July 2017 - The Government of Japan has committed funding to UNDP to improve disaster risk information and carry out tsunami-awareness programmes and evacuation drills in schools across the Asia-Pacific region. Read more>>


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