Zimbabwe Expects Floods

Meteorological Services Department announced today, Thursday 19 December, that large amounts of rain are expected over the next three days, bringing the threat of widespread flooding.

The department forecast says that as much as 80mm of rain will fall over a three day period. Warnings have been issued to avoid flooded rivers and to exercise caution near low lying areas and bridges.

The Zimbabwe Meteorological Services Department statement said:

“More heavy rain is expected in most areas of Zimbabwe from this evening to tomorrow. While noting that weather patterns may change abruptly, as of now, indications are that there would be strong winds, sharp downpours and widespread flash floods in excess of 80 mm along the main watershed,”

Heavy rainfall is not unusual in Zimbabwe during December and January. The country suffered from severe flooding in early January 2013, in particular Matebeleland South, Matebeleland North, Manicaland, Mashonaland Central, Masvingo and Midlands . The floods affected around 10,000 people and caused widespread destruction to crops and farmland. Other southern Afircan states – Malwai and Mozambique – suffered more severely by comparison.

Zimbabwe was also struck by floods during the period December 2010 to January 2011, where some areas recorded their heaviest rainfall in over 30 years. Other areas of southern Africa were also affected during that time, in particular Mozambique and South Africa, but also Malawi, Zambia and Botswana.

Source: Bulawayo 24