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Remembering a Devastating Flood, and Preparing Immigrant Communities for Climate Change

Remembering a Devastating Flood, and Preparing Immigrant Communities for Climate Change

BOSTON– At about three a.m. on May 12, 2006, Wilfred Maina Kariuki and his wife, Anne, of Lowell, Mass. were awoken by loud shouts from police and fire department officials, urging them to get out of their apartment overlooking the banks of the Merrimack River as fast as they could.As they had been sleeping, rising floodwaters from the river had poured into their apartment complex, following days of torrential rain. Kariuki, a father of three who emigrated with his family from Kenya 15 years ago, leapt out of bed to the sound of a police officer banging on his bedroom window. His feet hit cold water. By then, the swollen Merrimack had already flooded the entire Sampas Pavilion where the local African community holds…

Fiji gifted disaster communication tools

The assistance, which included two high frequency man-pack communications sets was handed over to the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO). Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Joeli Cawaki acknowledged the partnership between the two entities. “I wish to acknowledge and thank the WFP for upgrading 10 communication sites at the four divisions of the Ministry and NDMO last year,” Mr Cawaki said. “We want to assure you that these equipment will be put to good use. Your assistance is timely as Fiji prepares to embrace…

 

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