HARARE - Zimbabwe's Meteorological Services Department has warned of flooding in Muzarabani in Mashonaland Central due to the heavy rains that pounded Malawi and Mozambique recently.
Flooding in Malawi has killed more than 176 people, displaced at least 200 000, left homes and schools submerged in water and roads washed away by the deluge in the southern African country. In neighbouring Mozambique, floods have left at least 38 dead, according to Mozambican news agency AIM, while thousands more have been displaced and the rains have damaged the main road linking the north and south of the country.
“The flooding that has occurred in Malawi and Mozambique means that there will be increased flow of water into Cahora Bassa Dam,” Zimbabwe Met Department said in an alert issued yesterday.
“This is likely to put pressure onto the dam resulting in back flow along the Zambezi River. As a consequence, the Muzarabani area is potentially at risk of flooding even though the rains are not falling that much.”
Stakeholders were urged to remain on alert over the floods in Muzarabani.
“It is therefore necessary that the various stakeholders, in particular the Department of Civil Protection and Zinwa charged with the responsibility of disaster management be aware of this and take the appropriate measures or actions,” the Met Department said.
It added that between January 22 and 28, Mashonaland, Matabeleland North, the bulk of the Midlands and Manicaland should continue receiving sporadic rain-showers and or thundershowers.
On the other hand, the rest of the country should see a decrease in rainfall activity.
“It does not mean however, that there shall be no precipitation elsewhere,” the Met Department said.
“Thunderstorms and rain-showers will still occur but perhaps not to the same extent as in the north.”
About 1 251 households were affected by the floods earlier this month in Mashonaland Central and Mashonaland West and 158 households were displaced, according to the Inter agency rapid assessment report on the two provinces.
The incessant rain which intensified during the first week of January resulted in bursting of river banks, affecting built up areas, crops, cutting off certain communities from accessing basic services such as health care and schools.