Intermittent rains to continue across Zim

HARARE - The Meteorological Department says intermittent light to moderate rain will persist across the country.

All provinces will have rain showers and thunderstorms periodically.

The Met Department statement said heavy rains will likely occur in Mashonaland East and Central as well as in the Manicaland provinces.

“Scattered rain and thunderstorm activity should continue in most areas except perhaps in Matabeleland provinces where it will be much reduced,” the Met Department said.

It should be mild in the morning becoming warm later in the day.

According to senior forecaster Tich Zinyemba, 95 percent of the country had received rainfall less than 75 percent of their long-term average by January.

On Thursday last week, the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) declared a state of regional disaster amid high levels of food insecurity and hunger caused by poor rains.

Sadc advised that if no action to address the situation is taken, the likelihood of the number of people affected by the El Nino-induced drought could rise from about 28 million to 50 million people.

Unicef also indicated that about 33 000 children are facing acute malnutrition due to the El Nino-fuelled drought that has gripped the region.

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