10 Sep 2008

Many Fiji school buildings deemed at risk in natural disasters

2:01 pm on 10 September 2008

Many school buildings in Fiji are too long for their width or height, putting them at risk during natural disasters.

The Fiji Times Online reports a member of the Fiji School Retrofit Assessment Team, Robert Pole, made the finding and says such buildings were especially at risk during earthquakes.

Mr Pole has been speaking at a School Safety and Disaster Risk Reduction workshop where he says Fiji experiences about 500 quakes per year and every now and then they do damage.

He says there's a tendency to use the wrong concrete mix and by doing this a building would not be able to stand up to natural disasters.

Earlier this week three manuals on disaster management, including a teacher's guide, student's guide, and one for creating school evacuation plans, were launched.