By Anyway Yotamu.
SADC member states have been urged to come up with legislation on disaster preparedness and strengthen warning systems to reduce the loss of lives.
The just ended three-day SADC regional dialogue on rethinking disaster preparedness and climate change held in Mutare, saw participants from Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe discussing how communities can prepare for natural disasters.
The participants concurred that Cyclone Idai and Kenneth were an eye-opener, hence the need to strengthen the region’s preparedness in dealing with such disasters.
The extent of destruction that was caused by Cyclone Idai in March last year in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe served as a wakeup call to the SADC region that climate change is real.