Mozambique launches Chinese satellite system for predicting cyclones, natural disasters

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Mozambique launches Chinese satellite system for predicting cyclones, natural disasters
Mozambique launches Chinese satellite system for predicting cyclones, natural disasters

Maputo (Xinhua) Mozambique’s National Meteorology Institute (INAM) on Friday announced it was shifting from the former satellite system to the new one provided by China.

The deputy director of INAM Mussa Mustafa, during the launching ceremony in Maputo, said it would allow for more accurate predictions on weather forecast, climate change and potential natural disasters.

“From this Friday on, we will have a system that allows the country to monitor tropical cyclones, something the former system did not allow us to do because of its coverage limitation,’’ Mustafa said.

He explained that the new system has almost a global coverage that can be used to monitor where the tropical cyclones form and their courses, the information helpful to issue early warnings.

According to the deputy minister of Transport and Communications, Manuela Ribelo, the government expects to equip the institute with capacity to issue better meteorological information.

Ribelo noted that it can be used for early and adequate preparation in different sectors, particular for air and maritime services, and prevention and mitigation of natural disasters.

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