China offers receiving station for meteorological data to Mozambique

6 January 2020

China has donated a reception station for data collected by the meteorological satellite Fengyun – 2H to Mozambique, to help the country to follow the development of tropical cyclones in the region, the AIM news agency reported.

The ambassador of China, Su Jian, delivered the equipment to the Mozambican National Institute of Meteorology, in a ceremony held in Maputo, which was witnessed by Mozambique’s Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications, Manuela Rebelo.

Mozambique is cyclically plagued by various natural phenomena, with the northern provinces and the centre of the country currently being ravaged by heavy rains and strong winds, which have already made hundreds of people homeless and destroyed infrastructure, affecting thousands of people.

In April 2019, after cyclone Idai and Kenneth hit the country, the President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, visited China, where he asked for support, particularly in terms of meteorological information, and in response the China Meteorological Administration announced the donation of a satellite data reception system for Mozambique, which has now been delivered.

The Chinese ambassador said that the delivery of the system is the result of a commitment made in 2018 by the government of China to help Mozambique to strengthen capacity to prevent and reduce the impact of natural disasters, at the Beijing Summit and at the second forum of the Belt and Road initiative.

“The Chinese action to donate an earth receiver station for signals from the Fengyun meteorological satellite in Mozambique will help the country to boost meteorological observations and capacity for prevention and immediate response to natural disasters,” said Su Jian. (macauhub)