Japan has donated meteorological equipment to the National Institute of Meteorology of Mozambique in order to increase its capacity to monitor, forecast and prepare weather warnings, at an event held Wednesday in Maputo.
The equipment, costing an estimated US$100,000, includes equipment for calibration of barometers and thermometers, and its delivery was witnessed by the Minister of Transport and Communications, Carlos Mesquita, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias.
The resident representative of the Japanese Agency for International Cooperation (JICA), Kasuyoshi Sudo said that Japan’s support to the National Institute of Meteorology of Mozambique is estimated at US$2 million, under a programme that delivered its first shipment of equipment in February 2015 and will be completed in July 2017.
Given that Mozambique is hit annually by natural phenomena such as floods, droughts and cyclones, “the improvement of weather forecasting and warning will enable the Institute to better perform its role to prevent the loss of human lives and destruction of assets,” said Sudo.
The support programme includes a component of training of Mozambican technicians in Japan and Japanese technicians travelling to Mozambique. (macauhub/MZ)