Government has urged Zimbabweans not to take social media seriously as cyclone Joanina will not affect Zimbabwe.
Addressing journalists at a press conference, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting minister Monica Mutsvangwa said people should follow proper and official source of information.
“The Ministry of Information , Publicity and Broadcasting would like to appeal to the people of Zimbabwe to follow the proper and official source of authentic and authoritative weather information from the Zimbabwe Meteorological Services who work together with bona fide countries weather bureaus under the auspices of the United Nations.
“Social media is awash with reports that suggest that the sub-saharan continent, including Zimbabwe, will suffer yet another cyclone in the near future.
“Any information from purported international weather forecast that indicate that cyclone Joanina is gathering momentum in the Indian Ocean and will affect Zimbabwe is not correct,” Mutsvangwa said.
She said cyclones are a weather phenomenon that keep recurring over time and can affect any part of the world.
“Whilst cyclone Joanina is indeed a reality, it is based in the Indian Ocean, far away from the African mainland,” she said.
She said cyclones which affect Zimbabwe mostly originate from the Mozambican channel.
“Cyclones that affect our part of the African continent mostly originate in the Mozambican Channel.
“Zimbabwe’s Meteorological Service is continually monitoring the weather developments in the Indian Ocean including Cyclone Joanina and will keep the nation informed through mainstream media and the national broadcaster,” she said.