CPU dis­as­ter cam­paign starts

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chron­i­cle Correspondent

THE Civil Pro­tec­tion Unit (CPU) has started cam­paigns to con­sci­en­tise mem­bers of the public on dan­gers of floods and storms ex­pected this rainy sea­son.

Since the start of the rainy sea­son in the coun­try some lives and prop­erty have been lost.

Provin­cial ad­min­is­tra­tors who lead the CPUs in their re­spec­tive provinces told the Chron­i­cle in sep­a­rate in­ter­views yes­ter­day that dis­as­ter man­age­ment teams have been ac­ti­vated to ed­u­cate the public about the dan­gers of the chang­ing weather pat­terns.

Bu­l­awayo Provin­cial Administrator Ms Khon­zani Ncube said teams were on the ground fol­low­ing ad­vice from the Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vices Depart­ment.

She said the coun­try should ex­pect in­clement con­di­tions.

“When we were told about the La Niña ef­fect, the province ac­ti­vated the provin­cial CPU team. We’ve taken cam­paigns to ed­u­cate the public about the ef­fects. The La Niña weath­ers com­prises rains char­ac­terised by strong winds so we’re urg­ing the public to stay in­doors and de­sist from stand­ing near tall trees,” said Ms Ncube.

She im­plored the Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil to fix its clogged drainage sys­tem, which has pre­vi­ously caused flash floods in sub­urbs such as Nku­lumane.

Mata­bele­land South Provin­cial Administrator Mrs Sithandiwe Ndumo-Ncube said the com­mit­tees have been de­ployed at district level to lead the dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness and man­age­ment ef­fort.

She said the province has been ed­u­cat­ing com­mu­ni­ties about the dos and don’ts ahead dur­ing the rainy sea­son which started re­cently.

“We’ve been teach­ing com­mu­ni­ties to ed­u­cate their chil­dren not to cross flooded rivers as they risk be­ing swept way. We’re also en­cour­ag­ing them to main­tain their in­fra­struc­ture be­cause some­times the com­mu­ni­ties don’t re­pair their homes, mak­ing them sus­cep­ti­ble to be­ing blown away by strong winds,” she said.

Mrs Ndumo-Ncube said sim­i­lar cam­paigns have been taken to schools as some schools have fall­ing class­room roofs.

In Mata­bele­land North, the Min­is­ter of State for Provin­cial Af­fairs Cde Cain Math­ema said the province is ready for any even­tu­al­i­ties.

He, how­ever, said the CPU was un­der­funded and faced chal­lenges in deal­ing with big­ger dis­as­ters.

Cde Math­ema urged the Gov­ern­ment to in­crease fund­ing for the CPU say­ing its com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem needs to be ad­e­quately funded.

“The CPU is al­ways ready to deal with any sit­u­a­tion not just heavy rains. We’re ready for the rains and we hope that they will not de­stroy prop­er­ties. How­ever, CPU needs to im­prove its fund­ing on com­mu­ni­ca­tion,” said Cde Math­ema.

He said the Ministry of Fi­nance and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment should al­lo­cate a sig­nif­i­cant amount of money to the CPU in the national bud­get. — @nqot­shili

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