Weather Crisis: Fiji

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BBC News is one of many news websites that have taken a notice in the abnormal weather and climate changes. “In 2016, a cyclone hit Fiji leaving 44 people dead and wiping out one-third of the nation’s economic production.” Apparently, this is nothing new for those native to Fiji. Due to the irregular weather patterns, it is very difficult to predict what is yet to come for Fiji. People even presume that if there is a strong enough storm Fiji will cease to exist all together.

Independent, a news website in the UK, also wrote, “Voreqe Bainimarama said the island nation now faces a ‘fight for survival’ as climate change brings ‘almost constant’ deadly tropical cyclones.”

The most recent natural phenomena that has occurred in Fiji was, according to Independent, April 1st; “The islands avoided a direct hit by Cyclone Josie on Sunday, but the storm brought heavy rains, high winds and flooding, which caused extensive damage to homes, businesses and vehicles on the main island of Viti Levu.” There have been many catastrophes that have had the same and even more effect as this cyclone, but this one in particular threatened the entire existence of Fiji and its residents. There were as many as 1,000 people that stayed in evacuation centers for long periods of time. There were also many casualties and homes were destroyed all over Fiji.

As more and more of these natural disasters appear, a lingering question has yet to be answered: Should there be more precautions taken in order to keep civilians safe? This plea may be answered with more government attention, but there are also many other issues that have piled up just over the past decade that each government has to deal with.

Along with damage of the homes, there has also been severe flooding leaving the residents with immense amount of labor clean up. “Four people have died in severe flooding caused by Cyclone Josie, according to Reuters news agency.” “We need to get the message out loud and clear to the entire world about the absolute need to confront this crisis head on,” Mr. Bainimarama said to news reporters. This brings back the question about the amount of precautions taken. Though there are limits to what humans can do, there are still ways to protect the civilians of Fiji.

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