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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>>



BLOG| When You Know that You will Face a Tsunami, it's Better to Be Prepared: Losavati Dugutara's Story

25 April 2018 –  Out of breath and exhausted after running uphill for 300 meters from her school, Losavati Dugutara, a grade seven student, is confident that she now knows what to do when an earthquake triggers a tsunami in Papua New Guinea. Read more>>



NEWS | Tsunami Drills Encourage Students to be Aware of the Impacts of Natural Disasters

19 April 2018 –  More than 660 students in Alotau and Kokopo are the first to participate in tsunami evacuation drills in Papua New Guinea. Read more>>



NEWS | Five Regions in PNG Targeted for Tsunami Preparedness Project

17 July 2017 –  Five schools in tsunami-prone regions in Papua New Guinea (PNG) will benefit from a new tsunami preparedness project developed under the leadership of the National Disaster Centre (NDC). Read more>>



NEWS | PNG among 18 Asia-Pacific Countries to Participate in a Regional Tsunami Preparedness Project

10 July 2017 - Japan Pledges $1.5 million for Tsunami Awareness and Disaster Risk Information in Asia-Pacific. The project is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme and funded by the Government of Japan. Read more>>


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As on 17 December 2018, in PNG:

students, teachers and members of school administration have participated in the drills

schools have organized tsunami education, developed evacuation plans, conducted drills


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Shairi Mathur
Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist,
UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub
 : shairi.mathur@undp.org



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