A study titled the First Hydromet Gap Report concludes that scaled-up investment in global weather forecasts and early warning systems is imperative. According to the report, an estimated 23-thousand lives could be saved every year and up to 30-billion-rand in economic losses could be averted by improving weather forecasts. This as African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina says many developing countries, including several in Africa, do not have the capacity to generate basic weather and climate observation data.