Fijian village, a model for climate resilience
The successful relocation of Tukuraki, a Fijian village in the highlands of Ba, Viti Levu, from a disaster prone site to a new area is a prime example of the future of climate resilience, a reality faced by communities vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters in the Pacific. Their new houses were built to withstand Category 5 cyclones.
Tukuraki suffered three natural disasters in a span of four years. In January 2012, a landslide buried most of the village, including a house where a family of four were sleeping, and wiped out its roads, water supply and community hall.
The village was later destroyed twice, in December 2012 by Tropical Cyclone Evan (Cat. 4), and again in February 2016 by Tropical Cyclone Winston (Cat.5). The villagers took shelter in a cave and in nearby villages before returning to makeshift houses.
The suffering by the Tukuraki villagers led the Fijian Government to move the small village with a population of around 40, to a disaster resilient area. This was done in consultation with the Tukuraki community…
Japan picks ‘disaster’ as symbol for 2018
Japan on Wednesday selected the Chinese character for ‘disaster’ as its ‘defining symbol’ for 2018, a year that saw the country hit by deadly floods, earthquakes and storms.
Japanese TV stations broadcast the annual announcement live, with Seihan Mori, master of the ancient Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto, writing the character on a huge white panel with an ink-soaked calligraphy brush.
“Many people experienced the threat of natural disasters such as earthquakes, heavy rain, typhoons and heatwaves,” the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation, which organises the event, said in a press release.
At the end of every year, the general public votes for the Chinese character they think embodies the key news and events of the previous 12 months…