Zimbabwe – Floods Cause Havoc in Matabeleland North

Media in Zimbabwe report that flooding in the north of the country has destroyed houses, crops and livestock after heavy rain over the last few days.

Areas of Hwange District in Matabeleland North Province in northwestern Zimbabwe, were the worst affected. Flooding struck after a storm brought heavy rain 17 to 19 January. Flood waters were reportedly up to 1.5 metres deep in some areas.

Houses, property and livestock have been damaged or destroyed and roads blocked. Around 40 people have been displaced from their homes. Some reports claimed a power station had been flooded, causing power outages. As of 19 January there were no reports of fatalities.

Local observers said the area saw around 140mm of rain in just a few hours on 18 January. Heavy rain was also seen in other areas of the province. According to Zimbabwe’s Meteorological Services Department, Nkayi recorded 124mm of rain in 24 hours to 19 January, 2020. Binga recorded 49mm of rain during the same period and 74 mm the previous day.

The Zimbabwe Government warned of further heavy rain. Via Social Media, the government said:

“Incessant rains continue to pound the country, whilst the rains have brought relief to many, the Met Dept continues to warn citizens of the possibility of flooding. The Civil Protection Unit continues to monitor the situation across the country.”

Hwange district is close to the border with Zambia, where flooding recently affected parts of Southern Province.

Hwange is around 150km east of Namibia’s Zambezi Region, where recent flooding from the Zambezi river has left communities isolated.

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