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Tonga: Safe evacuation route built to meet needs of school tsunami preparedness

A little-known attraction in Tonga is the Rock of Kala’au, a coral boulder that scientists believe is evidence from the most powerful volcano-triggered tsunami found to date. The ‘tsunami rock’ is a reminder of the risk that the population faces from the ocean, especially as most live in low-lying coastal areas. Built close to the shore line, high tide regularly floods school grounds.

In the event of a tsunami, students only have a few minutes to evacuate. With support from the Government of Japan, UNDP is assisting schools in Tonga to assess tsunami risks, develop emergency evacuation plans and conduct safety drills.

Keywords

  • Themes:Children and Youth, Disaster Risk Management, Education & School Safety
  • Hazards:Tsunami
  • Countries/Regions:Tonga

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/60974

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