Govt invests in early warning systems technology

By John Nhandara

ZIMBABWE is investing in high technology equipment to assist the nation in disaster preparedness and management.

The Meteorological Services Department this Tuesday received weather forecast equipment valued at 226 thousand United States dollars acquired under the Post Cyclone Emergency Recovery Project.

The project is funded by the African Development Bank.

The Minister of Local Government and Public Works, Honourable July Moyo highlighted the importance of early warning systems in protecting populations that are vulnerable and exposed to risks associated with weather.

“NDS1 advocates for improved disaster risk management through weather, image seismology services in our country. The goal is to prevent loss of lives and damage,” said Minister Moyo.

Cyclone Idai was a wake-up call for the country to revamp early warning systems and intensify its disaster management strategies.

“Cyclone IDAI taught us lessons and we have since moved in to revamp our early warning systems,” said Barbra Rwodzi, the Deputy Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry.

AFDB country director, Ms Moono Mupotola spoke about the enhancement of disaster preparedness mechanisms, while also applauding the government for its swift response to the recent Tropical Storm Ana.

“We provided weather equipment worth 226 thousand to increase capacity for early warning,” said Moono Mupotola, AFDB Country manager.

The equipment includes digital barometers, automatic weather stations, digital stations and thermometers, among other items.