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NEWS | This is not just a Tsunami Drill but a Serious Business

03 December 2018: Struggling to pick up the pieces following Cyclone Gita, the small Pacific island nation of Tonga focuses on preparing their schools for natural hazards. Hitting Tonga earlier this year, Cyclone Gita caused severe damage throughout the country and affected 75 per cent of the population. The next cyclone season is about to start, and the forecast is equally scary. Building resilience to natural hazards and climate change is among Tonga’s most pressing development challenges. Read more>>



NEWS | Tsunami Drills Prepare Tonga for the Worst

11 March 2018: On the example of Tonga, the Japanese television channel NHK World News covered the United Nations Development Progreamme's tsunami awareness and preparedness activities in 18 Asia-Pacific countires. The program was aired both in English and in Japanese to commemorate the seven years' anniversary of the great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. 


NEWS | Tonga Photos Displayed at the World Bosai Forum

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


NEWS | Schools in Tonga Lack Safe Evacuation Routes

16 October 2017: More than 300 students and teachers from the Kolomotu’a Primary School in Tonga participated in their first ever tsunami drill, part of a region-wide tsunami education and awareness program. Read more>>



VIDEO | Safe evacuation route built for schools' tsunami preparedness

A little-known attraction in Tonga is the Rock of Kala’au, a coral boulder that scientists believe is evidence from the most powerful volcano-triggered tsunami found to date. The ‘tsunami rock’ is a reminder of the risk that the population faces from the ocean. Read more>>



NEWS | Tonga 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 10 October 2018 in Tonga:

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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