21 February 2018

Zimbabwe: MSD Warns of More Rains, Flooding

Photo: warrenski/Flickr

The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has warned of torrential rains accompanied by thunderstorms, which may lead to flash flooding in some parts of the country until next week.

MSD head of forecasting Mr Tich Zinyemba yesterday said rains were expected and the risk of flooding during the period remained high.

"From Tuesday to February 26, it should be generally cloudy and warm with rain showers and thunderstorms. It must be reiterated that when the rivers are in full and mature flood, they tend to be quiet. In addition, even if the rainfall has not fallen in the area, people should be aware that it could have done so upstream. Most of the rainfall activity occurs in the evenings and at night. Accordingly, we urge extreme caution when approaching bridges at night," said Mr Zinyemba.

He said most rainfall stations had recorded 300mm and above in accumulated rainfall totals, while areas such as Beitbridge, Mwenezi and Shurugwi had received less than 200mm.

"Most areas of the country have received their usual rain to date.

"However, some parts of Matabeleland North, around Mwenezi and Shurugwi as well as parts of Manicaland still show that they are yet to receive their usual long-term rain to date," he said.

The MSD urged the public to be vigilant. It also advised the Department of Civil Protection, local authorities, police and power utilities to be alert in case of a disaster.

Meanwhile, the country's average dam levels have continued to increase.

Some dams are 100 percent full, according to the Zimbabwe National Water Authority.

ZINWA corporate communications manager Mrs Marjorie Munyonga said by February 5, the national dam level average had risen to 68,9 percent marking a 1,27 percent increase.

"Manyame Catchment's dam level average is now 92,1 percent, while Gwayi Catchment is 67, 3 percent.

"Mazowe Catchment is at 90,4 percent and Mzingwane Catchment 84 percent," said Mrs Munyonga.

Mrs Munyonga said the statistics revealed that dams such as Zhove, Mtshabezi, Nyambuya, Kushinga-Phikhelela, Wenimbi, Rusape and Siya were 100 percent full.


Kasukuwere Arrested

Former Cabinet minister Saviour Kasukuwere was yesterday arrested on four counts of alleged abuse of office and spent a… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2018 The Herald. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 600 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.