Malawi cancels World Meteorological Day celebrations over Coronavirus

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The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has suspended World Meteorological Day celebrations following President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika’s directive on Coronavirus which effectively banned gatherings of over 100 people.



The commemoration was scheduled to take place in the lakeshore district of Salima.


 Jolamu Nkhokwe, the Director of the Department,  said this in Blantyre as Malawi joints the international community in commemorating the day, which falls on 23rd March every year.


Nkhokwe described this year’s theme “Climate and Water” as timely saying “Malawi has been experiencing the impacts of climate change, evidently shown in increasing water scarcity and damage as a result of floods”.


He said that this year, Malawi will take advantage of the day by sensitizing the general public on services and products that his department offers.


World Meteorological Day (WMO)  is celebrated every year on 23 March to commemorate the entry into force in 1950 of the convention that created the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).


The day also highlights the contribution that National Meteorological and Hydrological Services make to the safety and well-being of society.


WMO Secretary General Petteri Taalas said in a statement  the organization decided to focus on water this year as “the world now faces increasing challenges posed by water stress, floods and droughts and lack of access to clean supplies. There is an urgent need to improve forecasting, monitoring and management of water supplies and to tackle the problem of too much, too little or too polluted water”.

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