Speaking at the launch of the Water Safety Council 2014 drowning report, Bainimarama highlighted the danger that flooding poses to every Fijian, especially the most vulnerable among us.
It was the ideal time to launch the report.
With constant advisories for the nation to take per-caution measures, the Water Safety Council figures show a worrying trend – 77 per cent of the total drownings in Fiji last year occurred during the cyclone season.
” More than half of the 47 drowning victims last year were under the age of 25, with children aged between one and five years old accounting for 23 per cent of those drownings.The loss of these most vulnerable and innocent children among us is a particular tragedy. We need to be a lot more vigilant. A lot more alert.” said Bainimarama
Guardians and parents, the Prime Minister said cannot afford to let their guard down when children are in the water.
” We also know from the figures that of the 47 drownings last year, 66 per cent of the victims lived in rural parts of Fiji. So we need to be particularly vigilant in those areas outside our cities and towns.” said Bainimarama
Bainimarama calling on parents to teach their children how to swim from an early age.
” There is no excuse for any child in Fiji not to be taught how to swim. So I urge all parents to equip their children with the skills they need to get out of trouble if they are ever unfortunate enough to find themselves in danger. ” said Bainimarama
The Water Safety Council of Fiji was established last year to try and reduce the number of drowning in the country.