African Development Bank (AfDB) has donated US$226 790 worth of weather monitoring equipment to the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works as part of its efforts to enhance governments disaster preparedness mechanisms through Early Warning Systems.
The weather equipment was presented to the Meteorological Service Department (MSD) by Local Government, Rural and Urban Development minister July Moyo to increase its capacity for early warning.
Speaking at the handover ceremony in Harare yesterday, Minister Moyo said the development partnerships were helping to build the country’s development agenda.
“Today we are gathered here to accept a second batch of goods that are being donated to the Meteorological Service Department under the Idai Recovery Project. The first batch, which comprised of non-specialised tools and equipment was procured for the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) and handed over to the department of Civil Protection in a ceremony held on 12 March 2021,” he said.
The weather monitoring equipment donated to the MSD includes digital barometers, automatic weather stations, digital stations, digital thermometers, standard rain gauges and measuring cylinders.
AfDB Country Manager Mrs Moono Mupotola said the bank is in full support of government’s efforts for disaster preparedness, mitigation and adaptation.
“It is our commitment to support the government of Zimbabwe that has brought us here today to handover weather monitoring equipment to the Meteorological Service Department. Enhancing disaster preparedness mechanisms help governments and all stakeholders to plan and respond effectively to disasters,” said Mrs Mupotola.
Mrs Mupotola said that AfDB will continue to invest and assist the government to rebuild following the impact of cyclone Idai.
“In accordance with the priorities of the Sendai framework, it is imperative that we invest in disaster risk reduction for resilience, robust early warning systems are pivotal to risk reduction. We remain devoted to underpin the accomplishment of the sustainable development goals for Zimbabwe by promoting sustainable resilience and recovery,” she said.
Through the Kenneth Emergency Recovery and Resilience Programme (PCIREP) and the Post-Cyclone Idai, AfDB since the devastating cyclone which affected mostly Chipinge and Chimanimani areas, has supported the government with a total of $1,627,000.
This consisted of vehicles, knuckle boom trucks, tents, back up power equipment and tools for ZETDC, DCP and the MSD.
In 2019, the country was hit by cyclone Idai which affected 270 000 people leaving 341 dead and other missing. The cyclone ravaged through parts of Manicaland, Masvingo, Midlands and Mashonaland East provinces.
Early this year, another cyclone Ana made landfall on the country which affected parts of Mutasa and Chimanimani districts which received strong winds and heavy rainfall that was associated with the storm.