Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Malawi sets up climate information centers

Written by  Madalitso Phiri Sep 29, 2015

Weather Forecasters are tipping people in natural disaster prone districts to make use of the Climate Information Centres that have been established in their areas to mitigate loss of life and property in future disasters.

On September 28, Senior Meteorologist in the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services disclosed that the Malawi government has established such Centres in seven selected districts to facilitate the flow of weather and climate information.

Lovemore Kaisi spoke on the sidelines of Nsanje district’s information centre demonstration day, adding, “Information to be disseminated will be used as a tool for early warning purposes to communities in the selected districts on timely dissemination of disaster weather related information to mitigate loss of life and property.”

Apart from Nsanje the climate information centres have also been established in Chikwawa, Mulanje, Zomba, Salima, Kasungu and Karonga districts.

Kaisi revealed that the department has established climate information centres in seven selected weather disaster prone districts so that communities down in the villages know what is happening on weather, climate and climate change so they can use it to mitigate loss of life and property.

“The climate information centres have been established to ensure improved flow of weather, climate and climate change information.”

According to Kaisi country’s communities have not been accessing such information timely which is attributed to failure to reduce loss of life and property in cases of weather related disasters.

The centres have facilities such as computers meant for weather data communication from Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services headquarters.

Kaisi further said that the centres will provide the information to communities through community radio stations.

“You will also find pamphlets, booklets, posters and brochures on weather and climate related information.”

This is a pilot program being implemented by the department of climate change and Meteorological services with funding from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Mbenje Area Civil Protection Committee Secretary welcomed the the establishment of climate information centres.

“It has been difficult for people in the lower shire to access weather, climate and climate change information timely, resulting in their failure to mitigate the impact of weather related disasters,” said Isaac Falakeza. 


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