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Tsunami drill for the Government Primary School of Liviela

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 13/09/2018

The Government Primary School of Liviela in Vava’u this afternoon conducted their first tsunami drill.

This was coordinated by the Ministry of Education with the support of the United Nations Development Programme, aimed at preparing the school for the event of a tsunami.

The Deputy Director of Education – ‘Isikeli Oko along with representatives from the Ministry, and the National Emergency Management Office, are in Vava’u to conduct this drill.

Oko told Radio and Television Tonga News that conducting drills such as this are an important mission of the Ministry. With these drills they are hoping to ensure the security and safety of the staff and students of the schools if a tsunami happen, in that they would know what to do and where to go to seek refuge.

Oko says they selected the GPS Liviela because this school was the most vulnerable to a tsunami, being located by the ocean. There are over 200 students and more than 40 teachers at the school.

The ministry had previously held a tsunami drill in Tongatapu with the Government Primary School of Kolomotu’a, and there are plans to conduct similar drills on the island of Ha’apai in the future.

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