Six more cyclones expected this year

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Sharon Munjenjema

Zimbabweans should brace themselves for six more cyclones this rainy season, the Meteorological Services Department says.

Local Government and Public Works Minister July Moyo revealed this during a Cyclone Idai Recovery Project donation ceremony in the capital today.

The African Development Bank and the United Nations Office for Project services donated weather monitoring equipment worth US$226,000. This is a second batch of donations that followed Cyclone Idai, a tropical storm that ravaged southern Africa and left a US$2.2 billion trail of destruction.

The first batch was received last year.

Addressing the gathering, Minister Moyo said it is crucial for government departments to have unlimited capacity to monitor weather patterns.

“However according to the Meteorological Services Department there is a projection of six more cyclones during the remainder of the current rainy season.

“Thus the importance of robust mechanisms for monitoring natural phenomena cannot be over emphasised,” he said.

This announcement comes a few weeks after Cyclone Anna and Cyclone Batsirai ravaged parts of Southern Africa.

Cyclone Anna destroyed more than 50 schools in parts of Manicaland Province and other areas while Cyclone Batsirayi did not do a lot of damage in Zimbabwe.

Sub-Saharan Africa has been experiencing extreme weather conditions in the last few years due to climate change.

Government says it is ready for the predicted cyclones and has put in place mechanisms to deal with
the storms.

Speaking to ZTN News on the sidelines of the event, Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Deputy Minister Barbara Rwodzi said the donated equipment will go a long way in improving the capacity of the Meteorological Services Department.

“As a country, as the Meteorological Services Department we are more than ready for those cyclones with our other partners outside the country who have identified them.

“And with what we have received here it will add more to the equipment we already have. We are making the community aware of the cyclones that are coming,” she said.

The intensity and exact path the cyclones will take are not yet known.