The Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) says it will replicate and install disaster early warning systems in all disaster-prone communities in river catchment areas in the country.
ZANIS reports that DMMU National Coordinator Yande Mwape said her organisation will work towards ensuring that all flood-prone areas are installed with flood warning devices.
Ms. Mwape said such a move will ensure that people living in areas with water bodies are warned of imminent disaster well in advance so that they can move to safe havens.
She said the early warning is cardinal in disaster risk reduction and preparedness as it empowers communities with information on responding to imminent disasters.
“Our vision is to warn communities well in advance and that government is able to respond in a timely and efficient manner,” said Ms. Mwape.
She said this demonstrates Government’s commitment to responding to disasters in a timely and efficient manner in order to safeguard public safety in the affected areas.
The DMMU National Coordinator named some of the areas such as Zambezi, Chavuma, Kalabo, Lunga and other water body areas.
Ms. Mwape said the devices will help enhance community-based early warnings to avert disasters.
Recently, Vice President Inonge Wina commissioned the first ever flood warning siren at Mbeta Island in Sioma District of Western province.
The device which was simultaneously commissioned with a similar one at Kasaya in Mwandi District, also in Western Province was sourced by the Zambia Information, Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) in collaboration with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) at a cost of 300, 000 Swiss francs.
Source: Lusaka Times