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Met Department tips Malawians on safety ahead of rainy season

Written by  Chimwemwe Mapakata

Blantyre, November 16, 2016: The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services issued some precautionary warnings that are important for people’s safety during the rainy season.

In an Interview with the Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Tuesday, Metrological Services Director Jollam Nkhokwe said care should be taken during the whole rainy season as it is likely that some rain may come with lightning.

He said when people experience lightning, they should either run away or lie down to avoid being the tallest object around  and also should avoid seeking shed from trees because when the positive and negative objects attract the lightning may strike both the trees and people on it.

Nkhokwe appealed to the general public to install all tall buildings with lightening protectors to prevent their homes from being struck with lightening.

“These protectors are made of copper which is a very good conductor of electricity and when the lightning strikes, it takes all its charges away and the lightening is dispensed,” he said.

Moreover, he cautioned on hailstorms saying, “When these clouds form, we should expect droplets of rains but some areas will receive hailstorms. These hailstorms are formed because the atmosphere suffered prolonged heat and the warm air starts rising and the cool air will be sinking and it reaches the condensation level where the clouds are so flat,” the Director explained.

He said Malawi experiences flash floods annually because of environmental degradation thus Malawians should plant more green vegetation to prevent such flash floods but also construct proper drainage systems around their homes.

 

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