Weather Warning: More Floods, Earthquakes to Hit Zim, Again

Harare – The Met Department has warned Zimbabweans to brace for heavy rains beginning tomorrow. The country is still recovering from floods that displaced thousands and another downpour exceeding 70mm in 24 hours in some parts of the country have been predicted.

Matebeleland South, parts of Midlands and Masvingo will receive more precipitation, said the met Department, while more earthquakes are anticipated after a recent one that shook parts of the country and southern Africa.
More Heavy Rains Coming to Zimbabwe 

“A cloud system is projected to start entering Zimbabwe through Matabeleland provinces on Thursday, leading to heavy rains in Matabeleland South, south of Midlands and Masvingo.

“This is highly conducive to flash flooding and the public is advised to be vigilant, especially in areas that have already borne the brunt of excessive water and flooding,” the Met Department warned in an interview with the Herald.

Rescue services, police and civil protection have been warned to be on standby for any eventualities. By Sunday, the cloud ban might be destined for Manicaland. Local leaders are encouraged to warn communities to reduce loss of lives.

“We are also requesting that when such alerts are issued, this information is quickly relayed to people engaged in activities on rivers about potential floods from rains that will have fallen upstream. Many people have been caught unawares,” warned the experts.

Increased cases of snake bites have also been attributed to the increase in heavy rains.

“We understand the Ministry of Health and Child Care has registered a significant number of snake bites and even resulting in deaths in the just-ended season.

“This could be linked to the unusual rains, floods and high water levels which have either swept away crocodiles and snakes or could have found new havens. The public should therefore be on the lookout,” the Met Department added.

Heavy rains and floods have dominated the current rainfall season, resulting in massive infrastructure damages, estimated to run into millions. – The Herald/www.tinzwei.com

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