By Christopher Chisi
Zambia is on high alert and will ensure that the country is provided with timely information on weather conditions in view of the cyclone idai which has left a trail of distraction in some parts of Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Minister in the office of the Vice President Sylvia Chalikosa says the government is also equipping the meteorological department in order to enhance its efficiency in collecting data for dissemination to the public in order to reduce dependence on region information on weather conditions.
About 500,000 residents are now without electricity and communications have been severe after a cyclone idai hit the coastal Mozambican city of Beira on Thursday last week.
In an interview with 5fm news, Chalikosa has since advised citizens especially those in living near the border with neighbouring Malawi and Zimbabwe to avoid travelling especially when the country is experiencing heavy rains.
Meanwhile the Petroleum Transporters Association of Zambia has disclosed that their members have been affected by the scale of damage caused by cyclone idai on Mozambican city of Beira.
Association Secretary General Benson Tembo has told 5fm news that they hope authorities will quickly look into the matter.
And Tembo has ruled out some speculation that the country is likely to experience fuel shortages due to the damaged Beira