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The government needs 23 million meticais ( around US$ 374.669 at current exchange rates] to replace the Maxixe-Inhambane bridge pier destroyed by cyclone Dineo last February. A temporary pier on the Maxixe bank built of non-conventional material does not provide safe mooring for large vessels.
Speaking in Maputo during the opening of the 4th National Forum on Climate Prediction (FNAC), Transport and Communications on Wednesday, Minister Carlos Mesquita said that the government had already spent around 2 million meticais in emergency works creating
basic safety conditions.
“Cyclone Dineo caused extensive damage to transport and communications sector infrastructure, with resources still being mobilised for rehabilitation. For example, the Maxixe-Inhambane crossing, which is still open but which is subject to constraints since the destruction of the Maxixe bridge pier,” the minister said.
At the forum, Mesquita highlighted the role of meteorological information in measures to mitigate the impact of extreme weather events in the air and sea navigation, agriculture and tourism, security and goods sectors.
He stressed the need to provide the meteorological sector with the necessary resources for the fulfilment of its role.
Mesquita said that his sector he runs had been working with donors to acquire some essential equipment for bringing meteorological sector provision and training up to modern standards.
“This is a very technical area that requires continuous research and, above all, interaction in the search for more reliable results. We urge INAM to pay special attention to the quality of the information it provides to decision-makers and the general public,” he said.
He added that “the effectiveness of the decisions of other players dealing with matters of vulnerability to natural disasters depends on the quality of weather forecasts”.
Seasonal forecast for the 2017-2018 rainy season hydrological and agricultural scenarios, as well as its effects on the health sector were presented at the forum.Source: Rádio Moçambique