Met of­fice warns of floods

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THE Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal De­part­ment has warned of floods in some parts of Gokwe in Mid­lands as the area is fore­casted to re­ceive heavy rains this week.

Speak­ing dur­ing a Civil Pro­tec­tion Unit (CPU) strate­gic meet­ing in Gweru on Fri­day, Met De­part­ment Mid­lands provin­cial man­ager Mr Tafirenyika Ziny­ow­era said some parts of the province will re­ceive heavy rains that would ex­ceed 100mm per day.

Mr Ziny­ow­era said peo­ple in low ly­ing ar­eas such as Gokwe should be on the look­out as there is a pos­si­bil­ity of floods on Tues­day.

“We re­ceived heavy rains in the past few days. Gweru and Gokwe recorded 100mm, Zvisha­vane, Mberengwa also re­ceived around 57mm ear­lier this week.

“So next week we are ex­pect­ing more heavy rains and we would want those in low ly­ing ar­eas such as Gokwe to be on the look out be­cause from Tues­day on­wards those ar­eas are go­ing to have in­ces­sant rains ac­cord­ing to our weather fore­cast.

We are con­tem­plat­ing

putting an­other weather sta­tion at Gokwe Nem­budziya so that we know the ex­act quan­ti­ties that those ar­eas re­ceive. If re­sources per­mit we would do that,” he said.

Mr Ziny­ow­era said the rain­fall pat­tern was not go­ing to change much al­beit El Nino was weak­en­ing.

He said the province should ex­pect av­er­age to be­low av­er­age rain­fall un­til the end of the sum­mer crop­ping sea­son.

“As for the rain­fall pat­tern, it is not go­ing to change much. We have no­ticed that El Nino is weak­en­ing but from Jan­uary to March we are still ex­pect­ing nor­mal to be­low nor­mal rains this sea­son.

“Ar­eas in the south­ern part of the province should ex­pect be­low av­er­age rains,” he said.

Mid­lands Provin­cial Civil Pro­tec­tion Unit (CPU) chair­per­son Mr Thomp­son Siz­iba said the CPU will also be on high alert to en­sure rapid re­sponse in case of floods.

“Usu­ally what hap­pens with Gokwe is that if Gokwe South re­ceives heavy rains the main river Sengwa, also passes through Gokwe North enroute to the Zam­bezi so both districts can be af­fected. As CPU we will be on the look­out to en­sure rapid re­sponse,” he said.

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