Over a hundred men, women and children took part in an emergency evacuation drill, and everyone thought it was a game, but it was a serious business.
It was a drill, taught to the people of Laugui village in the Salamaua LLG in the Morobe province by the International Organization for Migration, an international NGO.
The drill is part of the program carried out by the Organization that seeks to educate people on risk management tactics.
“We work with communities that are affected by disaster…to train communities to do drills for emergency evacuation”, said Wanesai Sithole from the I.O.M team.
The program has been carried out on various coastal villages in the Morobe Province.
The much talked about government’s strategies and plans to address climate change impacts appear to be so far from reality in many coastal communities.
The talk about reforestation, reducing carbon emission and building sea walls is at the mercy of nature.
In recent years, many coastal communities all over the country are facing land shortages as much of the land have been taken up by sea.
In the next five years, or perhaps less than that, the people in many coastal villages will be relocated. Much of their relocations are not certain.
Relocating people would mean negotiating with other landowners who for the most may not be willing to give up their land.
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