Category 5 Cyclone Winston made landfall in Fiji on 20 February, damaging and destroying thousands of homes and buildings. It left in its wake a death toll of 44 and more than 50,000 people in evacuation centres.
Rob Bell is happiest occupying the high ground. With a 35-year career in researching, modeling and monitoring natural hazards, such as king tides, coastal inundation, storms and tsunami, he knows that elevation from coastal margins is the only true protection from a potentially turbulent future.
A unique pilot project to help Samoa’s largest village better cope with natural disaster is the focus of an upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Samoa timed to coincide with a major United Nations conference in Apia.