SADC Ministers Agree to Expedite Disaster Fund
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states have agreed to expedite the establishment of a disaster fund to strengthen the region's resilience to natural disasters.
The resolution was made in Lilongwe on Tuesday following a one-day SADC Ministers meeting responsible for Disaster Risk Management.
Chairperson for the committee Lobin Lowe, says the gathering has also managed to expound on how to mitigate the impact of the vice.
"We need to make a huge investment in early warning systems for effective resilience to natural disasters in the SADC region," Lowe said.
SADC Senior Advisor in the disaster risk reduction unit Alex Banda believes the meeting will enhance the operationalization of the SADC humanitarian and emergency center.
"We call upon SADC member states to embrace policies that can respond well to various forms of natural disasters," Banda added.
The SADC committee meeting of ministers responsible for Disaster risk management follows a backdrop of several disasters in the region including droughts, and tropical cyclones among other natural concerns that continue to devastate the region.