The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has pledged to support Zimbabwe in mitigating the effects of cyclone Idai which hit the country in March this year.

A team of experts is in the country to engage stakeholders on possible solutions to deal with disasters caused by climate change.

The impact of cyclone Idai will go down the history of Southern Africa as one of the deadliest disasters to hit Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique.

WMO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Amos Makarau said his organisation is prepared to assist the government in terms of infrastructure and disaster preparedness.

“We want to help Zimbabwe in infrastructure and technical assistance. To be honest no one could have foreseen the impact of cyclone idai. We are heading to unknown and we don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. We need to make sure that there is disaster preparedness. What is important for people to know is that when there is a state of emergency people must be forced out of their areas,” said Dr Makarau.

Other experts from the WMO are of the view that sustainable partnerships among stakeholders and information disseminated is key.

It has been agreed that climate change is a reality and it requires governments to strengthen  their preparedness for natural disasters.

The team was in Malawi and will be proceeding to Mozambique this weekend on a similar mission.