TC Winston

Post disaster needs assessment training opened

A four-day training on the ‘Post-Disaster Needs Assessment’ (PDNA) was opened today for government representatives and national staffs to prepare themselves and understand the PDNA methodology after TC Winston.  Opening the training this morning, Minister for Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Hon. Inia Seruiratu said Fiji will be working closely with the […]

Peni Shute and Ashutosh Singh

March 21, 2016 12:03 pm

A four-day training on the ‘Post-Disaster Needs Assessment’ (PDNA) was opened today for government representatives and national staffs to prepare themselves and understand the PDNA methodology after TC Winston. 

Opening the training this morning, Minister for Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Hon. Inia Seruiratu said Fiji will be working closely with the World Bank, the United Nations, European Union and the Pacific Community to institutionalize and operationalize the PDNA methodology.

Participants of the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) Training this morning. (Peni Shute/Newswire)
Participants of the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) Training this morning. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

I have had the privileged to launch this process at the inception training after TC Evan in June 2013. In my delivery, I mentioned that “the PDNA methodology is here to stay. The tools and methodology will stay with us, with Government agencies and partners alike, so that they can be mainstreamed in the way we conceive disaster preparedness and response.

Your presence here today is no mere coincidence. You have been carefully selected ahead of your peers to gain first-hand knowledge and exposure on the PDNA methodology in the hope that Government will be relying on your expertise on the conduct of the TC Winston PDNA. Please make good use of every opportunity it has to offer. I expect you to stay on for the duration of the four days and the Strategic Planning Office officials will 5 provide me a report on the participation of government officials at the conclusion of the training.

Minister for Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Hon. Inia Seruiratu while opening the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) Training this morning. (Peni Shute/Newswire)
Minister for Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Hon. Inia Seruiratu while opening the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) Training this morning. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

Minister Seruiratu said today marks day-30 after the devastation left by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Tropical Cyclone Winston as you all know was one of the most severe cyclones to ever hit the South Pacific, 350,000 people have been affected by the cyclone and approximately 40% of the country’s population. This figures include 120,000 children under the age of 18 and more than 3100 people with disabilities.

Minister for Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Hon. Inia Seruiratu while opening the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) Training this morning. (Peni Shute/Newswire)
Minister for Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Hon. Inia Seruiratu delivering his speech at the opening of the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) Training this morning. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

Minister Seruitatu said shelter, food, water, health, sanitation and hygiene, education and protection have been identified as the most urgent needs of the affected people.

We will continue to maximize operational presence and ensure that deployment and mobility become visible on ground.

That is why we are gathered here today, government officials, volunteers, NGO’s, development partners are on the ground ensuring those affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston have access to food, water and shelter.

The PDNA training is in conjunction with the Pacific Community and the Ministry of Finance, Strategic Planning Office, National Development and Statistics, Natural Disaster Management Office (NDMO) in preparation towards the assessment to be conducted from 29 March – 15 April 2016.

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