African countries unprepared for weather disasters

African counties are being ravaged by the impression of local weather change however most nonetheless don’t have enough meteorological companies for early weather warning methods.

KZN Premier, Sihle Zikalala, addressing delegates on the inaugural meeting of the KwaZulu-Natal Council on Climate Change & Sustainable Development in Durban on Wednesday, mentioned that as late as final year solely 10 out of 54 African countries had enough meteorological companies. This was even though growing countries are severely impacted by the impact of local weather change, he mentioned.

“Climate science remains weak and underfunded on the continent. For a long period, the Green Climate Fund has been undercapitalised, and we hope that with the US rejoining the Paris Agreement under President Biden, there will be more funding for developing nations to fight global warming and create resilient communities in the face of adverse weather patterns,” Zikalala mentioned.

“Cyclone Idai which in April 2019 struck Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe is still fresh in our memory. Over a thousand people lost their lives, nearly 200 000 households were displaced and more than 800,000 hectares of crops were destroyed.,” he mentioned.

“Last year, Sudan experienced the worst flooding in 30 years where about 120 people died, 166 000 houses damaged, and approximately a million people were affected.”

“We can still recall the deadly floods that the province of KwaZulu-Natal experienced during Easter time in 2019. People lost their lives, homes were damaged, and infrastructure was destroyed,” he mentioned. KwaZulu-Natal was additionally affected by a string of tornadoes which occurred one after one other in an area of two weeks throughout November of 2019. In 2020 alone, a variety of heavy rainfalls resulting in flash floods throughout completely different elements of this province had been additionally noticed. “During the dry season of 2020 various veld fires occurred. Along the coastal areas of the province, damaging coastal storms were not a rare occurrence. The intensity and frequency of these weather patterns remind us of a shift from the norm, leaving serious destruction on infrastructure. Such devastation affects already threatened livelihoods,” Zikalala mentioned.

Zikalala mentioned that the hazardous weather incidents, and the rate and depth with which they had been occurring on account of local weather change, demanded an expeditious response from the federal government working with all stakeholders to make sure resilience of the individuals. 

“As one of its tasks, the council is expected to provide guidance on this matter. This means crystalising the province’s focused responses informed by the vulnerability assessments that were conducted across all municipalities,” he mentioned.

He mentioned this known as for the implementation of the brand new KwaZulu-Natal Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan that was unveiled on the meeting.

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