From Victims to Survivors - Tsunami Stories of Hope

UNDP’s Tsunami Project came across many people who became champions of tsunami awareness in their schools and communities. One such champion is 9-year-old Kenit, who is promoting tsunami preparedness in India after participating in a drill organized under the Tsunami Project. While conducting drills in a tsunami-prone school in the Solomon Islands, UNDP met Durie Hickie, a school teacher who survived a tsunami.

In Thailand, the fisherman Surachat shared his experience from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and in Palu, Indonesia, Milanda shared her narrow escape from the 2018 Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami. More recently, the volcano and tsunami in Tonga also saw champions like Li’oa, a driver with the National Emergency Management Office, risking his own life to warn others.

These stories are so impactful that UNDP decided to create a series of ‘Tsunami Story Books’, aimed at young readers to raise awareness against tsunami by sharing real-life experiences gathered across Asia and the Pacific, including from Japan. 


World Bosai Forum 2023

In collaboration with Tohoku University, UNDP is bringing the voices of these champions of tsunami awareness to the World Bosai Forum 2023. In a joint session on 11th March 2023 - marking the anniversary of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami - UNDP and Tohoku University will also launch the 5th book of the series: The "Tsunami Walk" - Stories from Japan. The volume features different stories of resilience experienced by the communities living along the Tohoku coastline.


From Victims to Survivors: Tsunami Stories of Hope



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UNDP and Japan hold a long-standing partnership in enhancing disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and resilience building. Since 2017, UNDP, in partnership with the Government of Japan, has been implementing the Tsunami Project in 24 countries in Asia and the Pacific, training over 200,000 students in the Asia-Pacific region.