Met department warns of flood risk

25 Nov, 2022 - 00:11 0 Views

H-Metro

Talent Gore

THE Meteorological Services Department has warned of an increased risk of floods in river basins, wetlands and low-lying areas.

Local authorities have also been urged to clear storm drains to minimise flooding in urban areas.

The Met Department’s head of forecasting, James Ngoma, said there was an increased risk of floods and the department would continue giving people updated information.

“The areas we have mentioned are all dependent on the amount of rain received,” he said.

Flash floods are an annual event and people should be on high alert to safeguard their property against damage.

Ngoma said Mashonaland, Harare Metropolitan, northern parts of Manicaland, northern parts of Midlands and Matabeleland North Province are expected to start off with partly cloudy and warm conditions today.

Recently, the Department of Civil Protection Unit chief director, Nathan Nkomo, said adequate funds to deal with disasters such as flash floods have been set aside.

Nkomo said a plan was in place to ensure everyone’s safety during the rainy season.

“This is the time we always prepare.

“The rainy season comes with a lot of challenges, but more importantly, it also comes with a lot of hope because most of our agriculture is rain-fed so we welcome the rainfall season in Zimbabwe.

“Remember, we are preparing to handle natural hazards in the form of flash floods and ultimately, when we get into the cyclone season, mostly from January to March, we will escalate our level of preparedness.”

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