VANUATU GOVERNMENT TOLD TO PREPARE FOR DISASTER DURING CYCLONE SEASON

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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (October 3, 2000 - Vanuatu Weekly/PINA Nius Online)---"All responding departments of government and provincial disaster committees must prepare."

That's the warning from the director of the National Disaster Management Office, Job Esau.

He said there was a low attendance of government department heads during a meeting of disaster preparedness held in Port Vila.

The meeting was considered important as the nation enters another cyclone season.

"This is an attitude which has existed for sometime now because a lot of people do not want to talk about disasters. However, when a disaster strikes it is always too late to react," Mr. Esau said.

He added that it is important all responding departments of the government and provincial disaster committees cooperate and prepare themselves with all their resources before a disaster strikes.

He reiterated that the tasks of these agencies "begin before, during and after any disaster."

Meanwhile, pre-cyclone season Directive 2000 has been made available to all government ministries and departments ahead of the season, which begins this month.

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