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DNMG cooperates with international partners applies early warnings to prevent natural disasters

DNMG cooperates with international partners applies early warnings to prevent natural disasters

Head of the Meteorology Department of DNMG, Flaviana Fernandes. Tatoli's image//Francisco Sony

DILI, 24 march 2022 (TATOLI)- National Directorate of Meteorology and Geophysics (DNMG) of the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications continues to work with various international partners on implementing early warnings to prevent the impact of natural disasters in Timor-Leste.

Head of the Meteorology Department of DNMG, Flaviana Fernandes said the meteorological system in TL currently still depends on countries abroad because TL does not yet have an adequate early warning system.

“For this reason, we are currently collaborating with MercyCorps, the United Nations, and others to support us in early warning, especially for floods,” said Flaviana during the celebration of World Meteorological Day in Caicoli, this wednesday.

He explained that the current early warning system only focuses on the municipality of Dili. Dili is a vulnerable area and has flat land. Thus, DNMG wants each municipality to establish an early warning system.

DNMG received assistance from the United Nations Development Program to establish an early warning system in the municipalities of Aileu and Ainaro.

In addition, the Green Climate Fund also provided funds of approximately $12.7 million to develop a meteorological system in the TL.

“With each of these assistance, it is hoped that in the next three years we will implement this system in all regions so that our people receive information and warnings about natural disasters,” he said.

To ensure information for all communities in all regions, DNMG continues to provide information in collaboration with the State Secretariat for Civil Protection in each municipality including RAEOA.

In addition, DNMG is also actively distributing warnings about natural disasters through the official DNMG portal.
In this context, DNMG also organizes seminars that are given to students, national media, and related entities so that they can understand meteorology terms and can become intermediaries for the community.

“We invite students, the media, and other related sectors to provide an introduction to terms in meteorology which will later be mediated to the public, because we saw previously that the biggest natural disaster was April 4, 2021,” he said.

The Director-General of the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications, Gaspar de Araújo appreciates all the assistance from each partner and hopes that the cooperation will continue as the TL needs more improvements in the meteorological system.

“We are already members of world meteorology and today we remind everyone of the importance of meteorological information to everyone, DNMG is collaborating with relevant ministries and partners such as JICA, MercyCorps so that they provide support, we are also setting our own plans going forward,” he concluded.

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Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Rafy Belo

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