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The British Meteorological Office has donated television studio equipment to the department of climate change and meteorological services to improve the dissemination of public weather services.

Making the donation on Tuesday in Blantyre, British deputy High Commissioner to Malawi Martin Scales said Britain realise that the department is more important now than ever before.

“This is a timely intervention looking at what we have recently seen, too vividly the effects of climate variability and extremes in Malawi, with the devastation of last year’s floods and now a growing humanitarian crisis and a cycle of vulnerability due to El Nino weather events during 2015/16 planting season and this equipment will help the departments reach out to the public with timely information and advice about weather and climate especially warnings of extreme weather events,” Scales said.

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The donation, according to Scales, is part of a project coordinated by the UK Met office through its management of the UK voluntary cooperation programme in partnership with World Meteorological Organization’s Public Weather Service.

Minister of Natural Resources Energy and Mining Bright Msaka said it is not surprising that Britain has donated to the department because weather is the central part of the Britons.

He said weather and climate are continually changing hence need for people to be fed with up to date forecast using sophisticated materials for fast observation and dissemination of climate and weather variations.

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“Weather, climate and climate change are critical drivers of national development in this country in line with national disaster risk management policy and also climate change policy. As such an efficient and effective dissemination of weather and climate information is very critical for social-economic development of our country but to carry out such a task, we require huge investments and assistance from development partners like Britain,” said Msaka.

The minister also asked the department to be more proactive in using the modern technology when disseminating weather information.

“For some time now, the department of climate change has been using old fashioned set of television weather studio equipment but with the new equipment, we expect that the department will now be disseminating up to date information not only through the traditional media but even through our phones and other technologies,” said Msaka.

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