The Meteorological Services Department in Matabeleland South has distributed early warning radios to the Civil Protection Department (CPD), in a move that is expected to reduce weather related disasters in the province.

As part of measures aimed at strengthening early warning systems in a province that is prone to weather related disasters such as flash floods, floods, hailstorms and drought conditions, the Meteorological Services Department has handed over early warning radios to the Civil Protection Department. 

According to the Met Departments provincial officer, Mr Rodgers Munyira, the 51 gadgets that were received under the first phase are meant to reduce vulnerability of communities from natural and man-made disasters through the alerting them before disaster strikes.

“If there is an impending disaster, a message from either the Civil Protection Department or Met Department will be transmitted through this early warning radio. The message will also advice communities on what to do to avert possible disasters,” said Mr Munyira. 

The Gwanda district Civil Protection Department which requires more radios to cover all its 24 wards said the plan is to distribute the gadgets in strategic areas where focal people will be used to disseminate disaster warning messages received to the communities.

“Since we have received these early warning radios we are hoping that we are hoping that we are going to have information well in advance before any hazards affect our communities,” he said.

Each district has so far received 6 radios while the provincial Civil Protection Department was allocated eight.

Some of the areas that are prone to disasters in the province are Beitbridge, Bulilima and Mangwe, Gwanda and Insiza where people have been killed and socio-economic infrastructure as well as property destroyed by various disasters.