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VIDEO | Remembering the Great Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

11 March 2018 – March 11 marked eight years since the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off the north-east coast of Japan, triggering a devastating tsunami that killed over 19,000 people. “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. There is a saying in Japanese - hope for the best but prepare for the worst. "More can be done to improve tsunami preparedness in schools," said Shoko Noda, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Maldives. Watch video>>



BLOG | Overcoming Trauma: Safety Drills in the Maldives Help Tsunami Survivors to Make Peace with their Past

04 July 2018:  “That day was the worst day of my life. Children were crying, and the tsunami swallowed all of the houses and our island” recalled Mohamad Nasir, Principal of Dhuvaafaru School in Dhuvaafaru island, Raa Atoll, Maldives. “Everybody on this island experienced it and those memories are still vivid, as if the Indian Ocean tsunami happened only yesterday.” Watch video >>  



VIDEO | Devastated by the 2004 Tsunami, M. Kolhufushi Island Welcomes a Tsunami Drill

6 February 2018 – Still haunted by the memories of the 2004 tsunami, people in M. Kolhufushi island, Maldives are preparing for their first tsunami drill. Conducted in the school, the drill will help to lay out a much-needed evacuation plan for the students and the community. Read more>>



PHOTO | Maldives Photos Displayed at the World Bosai Forum

29 November 2017 – An interactive #90Drills photo exhibition at the World Bosai Forum in Japan featured photos from the Maldives and six other countries to showcase tsunami education activities and safety drills in the Asia-Pacific region. Read more>>



VIDEO | Investing in School Drills Builds Resilience of an Entire Island Community

08 November 2017: Until the 2004 tsunami, people in the Maldives did not know what a Tsunami was. Lying barely one metre above sea level and having no higher ground or inland to run to, tsunami response in the Maldives is unlike anywhere else. Identifying safe buildings in an island can offer a solution. Read more>>



BLOG | Where Regular Tsunami Response Solutions Do Not Apply

By Ahmed Mohamed Shihab, Program Analyst, Resilience and Climate Change unit, UNDP Maldives. 

13 October 2017: Move to higher ground, and move further inland. It makes perfect sense to most people as it appeals to our basic instinct to move further away and out of reach of danger. Read more>>



NEWS | Maldivian School Children Take Part in a Tsunami Education Programme and Drill

24 September 2017: School children and teachers and administration staff of Gaafu Alif Atoll Education Centre in Villingili island have been undergoing an intense tsunami education and awareness programme, culminating in a tsunami evacuation drill. Read more>>


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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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