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Friday, 15 March 2019 06:14

MET warns of another severe weather in the southern region from Thursday

Written by  Yamikani Yapuwa

Blantyre, March 15, 2019: It never rains but pours for southern part of the country as it is expected to be hit by heavy rains and strong winds from Thursday to Sunday this week as a result of deep and wide low pressure system in the Mozambique channel which has developed into a Tropical Cyclone IDAI.

This comes barely a week after heavy rains and winds caused devastating floods affecting 14 districts resulting into 45 deaths, 577 injuries with two people reported missing as well as affecting 147,958 households.

Director of Climate Change and Meteorological Services, Jolamu Nkhokwe issued a statement on Tuesday that Tropical Cyclone IDAI is expected to make a landfall over Beira in Mozambique which is 480 kilometres to Nsanje Boma by Thursday, March 14, 2019, while dumping heavy rains overland in Mozambique including southern region.

“A deep and wide low pressure system in the Mozambique channel developed into a Tropical Cyclone named ‘IDAI’ on March 11, 2019 at a distance of 900 kilometres from southern  border district of Nsanje at position 17.4o South and 43.2o East approximately west-north of Madagascar, with a south-westward movement towards Beira in Mozambique,” he stated

Nkhokwe said southern areas of the country are at risk for locally damaging winds, flooding and significant travel disruptions as the Tropical Cyclone makes its way to Zimbabwe where it is expected to weaken and die on March 18, 2019.

“To secure property and lives, the public should move to higher grounds when water levels have started rising, avoid crossing flooding rivers as well as avoid seeking shelter under trees and weak infrastructures.

“The public is advised to continue following weather updates issued from time to time by the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services as it continues to monitor weather development over the country to ensure seamless use of weather information on all timescales,” he advised.

Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) has said that assessments to establish the extent of damage caused by the last week’s floods in all the 14 affected districts are still underway.

DoDMA’s Public Relations Officer Chipiliro Khamula said the department continues to provide and coordinate search and rescue operations as well as the provision of relief assistance to the affected people.


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