15 May 2012

Ni-Vanuatu more prepared for cyclones: disaster office

4:29 am on 15 May 2012

A senior research and planning officer for Vanuatu's National Disaster Office says people are becoming better prepared to cope with tropical cyclones.

The comment comes as the cyclone season, which began in November, draws to a close.

The 2011-2012 season has produced only half of the number of cyclones that typically occur, and only one of those, Cyclone Jasmine, did any damage in Vanuatu.

Peter Korisa says although the two islands affected, Tanna and Aneityum, got off pretty lightly, his organisation has been working to ensure people don't rely so much on the government for help.

"When they do the farming they should diversify the crops. So that there may be some crops that are more resilient to the harsh weather, there may be some crops that are not resilient so they need to know the different varieties of crops."

Peter Korisa says the damage from Cyclone Jasmine was mild compared with that from last year's Cyclone Vania.