Zimbabwe has been nominated to be part of the Global World Meteorology Organisation (WMO) Early Warning System meant to alert countries of impending natural disasters as well as mobilise resources for the calamities.
The Global World Meteorological Organisation Early Warning Systems Committee is comprised of 20 countries from the European, Asian, African and American continent.
The committee has the mandate to alert countries of impending natural disasters as well as mobilise resources for adaptation and mitigation of extreme weather events such as floods or drought.
In an interview with ZBC News, Zimbabwe’s representative to the global early warning system committee, Meteorological Services Department Director Dr Amos Makarau says there are a number of benefits to be derived by the country for being a vital cog to such a committee, especially in times of disasters.
Dr Makarau revealed that government has reserved and allocated his department US$5 million for automatic weather stations to be installed in all provinces, adding that this month they will start issuing out early warning radios to communities.
Zimbabwe this year faced the worst flooding in 100 years but despite the damage caused, the cyclone did not come as a surprise due to the numerous alerts and warnings from the Meteorological Services Department and the Department of Civil Protection.