Heavy rain in Rarotonga this week was caused by a weather system which has been “bothering” the country since last week, says Cook Islands Meteorological Services director Arona Ngari.
Cook Islands Meteorological Service will today celebrate World Meteorological Day 2017 with an open day to the public at their Nikao office from 8am to 4pm.
Emergency Management Cook Islands is happy with the initial results of a workshop last Friday in which government ministries began to work out their roles during national disasters.
But EMCI director Charles Carlson says it is just the beginning.
Carlson said the workshop should have taken place a long time ago.
EMCI aims to strengthen Cook Islands resilience in the threat of disaster and climate change, in doing so, achieving sustainable livelihoods.
Carlson said EMCI faced the problem that ministries weren’t sure of their role in the event of a disaster.
“They would just pass the buck, throw their hands up and say that’s not our responsibility,” said Carlson.
Thanks to the abundance of rain this summer, the water intakes on Rarotonga have been full for a lengthy time compared to previous years.