The total damage and loss experienced by tropical cyclones in Fiji between 2010 and 2020 is estimated at $ 2.42 billion and represents 1.25% of the country’s total gross domestic product.
National Disaster Management Minister Inia Seruiratu said this during the recent launch of a psychological first aid training manual for field workers in Fiji. “The unprecedented level of destruction caused by tropical cyclones is a reality for Fiji,” said Mr. Seruiratu.
âDuring this period, nine tropical cyclones made landfall in different parts of Fiji, killing 58 people.
“As average temperatures rise, acute risks such as cyclones and floods increase in frequency and severity, causing droughts and intensifying sea level rise.”
Mr Seruiratu said people and children can experience a wide range of emotions before and after a disaster or traumatic event.
He noted, however, that it was important to find healthy ways to cope when these events occurred.
The recently launched facilitation manual, he said, would provide an evidence-based approach to assist people and children immediately after disasters to reduce initial distress and promote adaptive functioning in the short and long. term.
âThe manual promotes a sense of security, a sense of self-control and community, connectedness, calm and hope. These are all life-saving essential skills that promote, maintain and restore individual and community psychological well-being. “