Met Department warns of flooding

Cyclone Idai
Cyclone Idai left a trail destruction while killing hundreds of people

Staff Reporter

The Meteorological Services Department has warned that some parts of Zimbabwe will experience flash flooding in the wake of the rainy season which started last week.

In a statement the department urged citizens to be wary of rising waters, thunderstorms and lightning.

“From Sunday 29, scattered thunderstorms are expected across the country, with heavy falls (in excess of 30mm) in some places.

“These storms are starting off in Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, Midlands, Masvingo and Bulawayo Metropolitan as moisture drifts in from the cloud system over Botswana are accompanied by strong winds as well as lightning and possibly hails.

“Similar conditions should spread north-eastward to affect all Mashonaland provinces as well as Harare metropolitan from Tuesday 01 December to Thursday 3 December,” it said.

Some parts of Zimbabwe especially in Mashonaland East have already experienced storms which left a trail of destruction in places like Ruwa and surrounding areas.

Zimbabwe is still reeling from the effects of floods after Cyclone Idai which hit parts of Manicaland especially in Chimanimani and Chipinge.

The devastating floods killed thousands of people and is was one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa and the Southern Hemisphere. The long-lived storm caused catastrophic damage, and a humanitarian crisis in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi.

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