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Solar energy boosting DCCMS’s production of weather forecasts

Blantyre: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has donated 72 solar panels to Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (DCCMS) which will help in boosting inadequate energy which affected the production of weather forecasts.
The Solar panels were provided through a projectcalled Scaling up the Use of Modernized Climate Information and Early Warning Systems (M-CLIMES) being implemented by government with support from UNDP.
Speaking during a meeting with M-CLIMES project's implementing partners held at Mount Soche hotel in Blantyre, on Friday, Director of DCCMS, Jolamu Nkhokwe said with the frequent blackouts in the country, it was difficult for them to generate weather forecasts in the past.
He said the solar panels are playing a crucial role in enabling the department to perform to its maximum capacity.
"It is important for our Department to operate 24hrs non stopsothatthey generate accurate information and alert people across the country of probable disasters," Nkokwe said.

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