Meteorological Services Department repeats flash flood warning

27 Jan, 2016 - 00:01 0 Views
Meteorological Services Department repeats flash flood warning

The Chronicle


Harare Bureau
Most parts of the country have received heavy rains with some areas recording above 80mm in 24 hours, the Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has said.

MSD senior forecaster, Tich Zinyemba yesterday said heavy rains of 87mm were recorded in Chisumbanje and 98mm in Mutare.

“Marondera received 50mm, Chiredzi 43mm , Plumtree 32mm and Zaka 27mm.

“Other areas recorded included Gweru 25mm, Joshua Nkomo Airport 24mm, Harare 21mm, Mount Darwin 19mm and Victoria Falls 14mm,” he said.

The MSD last week warned people of heavy rains with potential of flash floods that were expected to affect most parts of the country from Monday to Thursday.

Zinyema said most parts of the country would continue to receive rains until Thursday and sharp downpours that may lead to potential flash floods were still expected.

MSD said cloud system recently over Botswana and South Africa was forecast to move into Zimbabwe from Monday through Matabeleland provinces.

“In general, rains which are expected on Wednesday through to Thursday should mainly be confined to Mashonaland provinces and Manicaland,” he said.

The MSD cautioned the public against taking shelter under trees during a thunderstorm as there is enhanced risk of being struck by lightning.

“People should refrain from parking vehicles under big and old trees as these may fall down. All outdoor activities should be planned with the weather in mind.

“There is danger of electricity poles falling over thus increasing the risk of electrocution when cables are handled carelessly. Motorists should be exercise extra caution on poorly maintained roads,” said MSD.

The MSD predicted a normal to below rainfall season for the 2015/16 season and this is not conducive for crop production.

Many farmers have been advised to grow short season varieties and small grains that are more tolerant to drought.

The department has also resorted to cloud seeding to enhance rainfall activity.

The rains are expected to end in February in northern parts and early March in southern parts of the country.

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