Yesterday’s Tsunami Evacuation Drill had a good turnout of participants in the simulation exercise at Feiawa Seafront Park in Port Vila.

The Tsunami Evacuation Drill is a Van-REDI project funded by JICA in partnership with the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (VMGD) and the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO).

The simulation was based on a 7.5 magnitude earthquake which triggered a 2.1m tsunami wave in the Port Vila harbor.

The Drill commenced on 10.15AM with the Tsunami siren at Feiawa park resonating for 30 seconds as participants evacuated quickly, making their way to Independence Park.

Once in a safe zone, each participant was assessed by officers in charge to evaluate the feedbacks received during the simulation.

Participating members in the training at Feiawa park included Seaside Presbyterian School, Ecole Public School, Vanuatu Society of People with Disability and several stakeholders of the project.

The Drill was assisted by the Port Vila Municipality Council, Vanuatu Police Force, ProMedical Vanuatu, Ministry of Education and the Vanuatu Institute of teacher Education.

Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) who aided in the tsunami awareness and exercise was the Ministry of Education, Save the Children, Oxfam, Shefa Disaster Management Office and Vanuatu Red Cross.

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