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Papua New Guinea works on digital preparations for natural disasters

26/02/2018

Multi-hazard 'monitoring and warning systems' best practice is a way forward for Papua New Guinea to prepare for national disasters digitally.

Multi-hazard 'monitoring and warning systems' best practice is a way forward for Papua New Guinea to prepare for national disasters digitally.

Ruel Yamuni, chair of the Emergency Preparedness Working Group meeting said that this would help in efficient data collection and processing.

Papua New Guinea experiences natural disasters such as draught, flood, landslide, tsunami, king tides, wild fire, frost, cyclone and volcanic eruption that affect the people and finding solution to them is vital.

"That can be achieved through harnessing inclusive opportunities and embracing the digital future.

This will help to identify and document specific digital technologies and procedures, which best practice in communicating warnings lead to impact prevention and mitigation and in doing so it contributes to better preparedness and risk expansion of the scientific knowledge to improve warning through research and technology,'' said Yamani.

Yamuna added that with Papua New Guinea's own experience with the 1994 Rabaul eruption, it had demonstrated that early warning and preparedness is key to successfully dealing with the disaster risk reduction.

He also gave an example of the recent Kadovar Volcanic Island eruption in East Sepik Province after being dormant for more than 400 years.

''It was a small disaster in scale and the impact was reduced by quick action and local knowledge by the affected population and government authorities.''