As the world celebrates the International Day for Disaster Reduction, the government has called upon local authorities, research institutions and civil protection structures to take appropriate measures in reducing disaster risk.

The government said despite having limited resources, they have put in place measures through a number of resilience building programmes to ensure reduction in exposure to hazards.

In a statement ahead of the International Day for Disaster Reduction, the Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and National Housing, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere said learning from past experiences, proper planning, investment and integration of disaster risk management in development planning remain important in reducing possible disasters.

He said as the country approaches 2017/2018 rainfall season with predictions of normal to above normal rains, there is need for coordination and cooperation among stakeholders including communities to avoid risks.

In 2016, more than 6 000 people in Zimbabwe were affected by severe weather conditions with some of them permanently displaced.

The International Day for Disaster Reduction was set to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction, one of the seven global targets of the Sendai Framework that was adopted in 2015 in Japan.