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GSR 2023

Early Warning Systems for floods in Zambia

Zambia is a landlocked country bounded with Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
Over the last decade, Zambia has been negatively affected mainly by extreme floods that occurred during the heavy rainy seasons. These natural hazards have impacted its infrastructure, such as the telecommunications, roads, schools, homes, agriculture, water, sanitation and the health of the local population and those living within 5 km buffer from the main river.


 ITU and the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) entered into a Cooperation Agreement to co-finance a Project to allow the establishment of two Early Warning Systems (EWS) in two communities, Mbeta Island and Kasaya Village. These EWS disseminate alerts on flooding and impending disasters to these communities living close to the main river. The systems will also be used for public safety and will facilitate exchange of information between local communities and government agencies.​