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The National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) has received new equipment from the United Nations Development Program to collecting, analyzing and managing information on the natural disasters that regularly afflict Mozambique.
Among these devices are two drones with cameras and an equal number of shockproof and waterproof Gopro cameras.
The National Emergency Operations Center (CENOE) was provided with 16 computers to improve the image collection in areas affected by natural disasters and to determine the type of actions to be taken.
The drones can fly for 28 minutes, covering a radius of seven kilometers from their pilots and reaching altitudes of 600 meters. The device then returns for the operator to change or recharge the battery, explained INGC technician Igor Honwana. The drones cannot operate in bad weather such as that brought by Cyclone Dineo, which recently devastated Mozambique, causing enormous damage especially in Inhambane province.
The drones can capture near real time images anywhere in the country, including in areas where there may be people stranded, CENOE director Mauricio Cherinda told reporters on Tuesday. With the new equipment, his institution would be able to monitor extreme events and collect images without personnel having to be there on the ground, he said
“The challenge now is to train INGC technicians to master the use of the drones,” he added.Source: A Verdade
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