Articles tagged 'climate'

'Heavy rains disrupt BVR exercise' 13 November 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) says heavy rains have disrupted the on-going biometric voter registration (BVR) exercise in some areas, with a total 2 259 908 citizens registered so far. The Commission — which is winding up phase three of four of the BVR exercises — targets to...
Not yet rainy season: MSD 30 October 2017 HARARE - While the country has received sporadic rains in some areas, the Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has advised that the rainy season has not yet started. MSD forecaster Ebedia Hodera said the highest rainfall was recorded in the Manicaland province. MSD warned on Thursday of...
Record temperatures expected in Zim 17 October 2017 HARARE - Record high temperatures are expected in parts of Zimbabwe today and tomorrow, prompting safety warnings. The heat wave, brought on by a high-pressure system, was expected to raise Tuesday's high temperature to a record 43 degree celsius, the Meteorological Services Department (MSD) s...
'Climate change threatens food production' 19 September 2017 HARARE - Government has warned that without action to help farmers adjust to changing climate conditions, it will become impossible to grow some staple food crops in some parts of the country. Maize is most at risk. Environment minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri (pictured) told delegates at ...
Met warns of poisoning from heaters 7 July 2017 HARARE - The Meteorological Services Department (Met Dept) has issued a warning to citizens on the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from gas and kerosene heaters as they use these to try and beat the biting cold being currently experienced. Last year, a six-year-old suffocated after being poi...
'Govt must invest in disaster warning systems' 19 May 2017 HARARE - Goverment must invest in early warning systems to reduce the cost of responding to disasters, Oxfam programme manager Joel Musarurwa has said. He told delegates at the launch of a €2,6 million Zimbabwe Joint Humanitarian Programme second phase (ZimJR2) that the system will ensure that...
Brace for biting winter: Met 27 April 2017 HARARE - The Meteorological Services Department (Met) has warned of a harsh and biting winter this year. In a forecast yesterday, meteorologist Chenai Sithole advised that those travelling must be weather alert in order to protect themselves from vagaries of the weather. “Mornings and eveni...
'Heavy rains to continue' 24 March 2017 HARARE - The heavy rains that have been pounding most parts of Zimbabwe over the past weeks are set to continue, with most areas forecast to receive excesses of 30 millimetres (mm) per day. According to Meteorological Services Department (Met)'s forecaster, John Mupuro, “thunder showers are ex...
Zim faces early winter 17 March 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe faces an early winter as temperatures are gradually decreasing, the Meteorological Services Department (Met) said yesterday. The department's public weather services head, Tich Zinyemba, said “even though it is early days yet, there continues to be a palpable cooling in morni...
Cyclone Dineo devastates Zim 19 February 2017 HARARE - After praying for much-needed rains for years, the drought-prone Matabeleland region is counting the cost of flash floods which have left a trail of destruction in the area after violent Cyclone Dineo storms swept through southern Africa over the past two days. The storms, which have ...
Cyclone fast approaching Zim 17 February 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwean towns and villages were bracing for “catastrophic” floods even after forecasters downgraded the cyclone Dineo status to a tropical storm, with heavy winds and rain battering Mozambique's coastline yesterday. A deluge of up to 200mm of rainfall yesterday lashed Inhambane — 4...
Cyclone Dineo triggers cholera outbreak in Mozambique 17 February 2017 MAPUTO - Along with the havoc wreaked by tropical storm Dineo, Mozambique has also been hit by a cholera epidemic, with 216 confirmed cases of the diarrhoeal disease and one death in three cities, radio station VOA Portugues reported on Thursday. The capital Maputo, currently experiencing wate...
Brace for 3 days of heavy rains: Met 29 January 2017 HARARE - The Meteorological Services Department (Met) has advised that most parts of Zimbabwe will receive even heavier rains in the next three days. The Department warned that the severe rains could cause severe flooding in low-lying areas. Its forecaster, John Mupuro, said “even more wide...
Rains to subside: Met 26 January 2017 HARARE - Rainfall in most parts of the country will reduce dramatically, with most areas experiencing no rain for now. This comes after torrential rains and floods wreaked havoc across the country over the last few weeks with flash floods, but the deluge was expected to reduce significantly af...
Govt must encourage rainwater harvesting 22 January 2017 HARARE - The current heavy rains have indeed come as a blessing for communities like those in Zimbabwe, which are still reeling from the effects of the El Nino-induced drought that ravaged the country last season. However, it appears nobody in Zimbabwe cares a jot about harnessing the excess w...
Massive rains predicted 10 January 2017 HARARE - Massive rains are expected to drench most parts of Zimbabwe, as floods have wreaked havoc in low-lying areas like Gutu, Masvingo. The flooding of geomorphic low-lying areas comes as the Meteorological Services Department (Met Dept) has warned of more rains and potential flooding. “...
Rains to subside: Met 3 January 2017 HARARE - The rains that have drenched most parts of the country lately are set to slightly lessen, the Meteorological Services Department (Met) said. This comes as the country is expected to experience La Nina — a climatic condition characterised by above normal rains — in the 2016/17 season. ...
Heat wave to persist: Met Department 2 November 2016 HARARE - The Meteorological Services Department (Met Dept) has warned that the current heat wave will persist in the coming days, with temperatures likely to sour above 40 degrees Celsius. The department said the high temperatures, which started weeks ago, are forecast to range from 33 degrees...
Met Dept warns of high temperatures 14 October 2016 HARARE - The Meteorological Services Department has warned of temperatures soaring to as high as 42°C tomorrow and Sunday before the rainy season begins. In a statement yesterday, the Met Department said the public should take precautionary measures to protect themselves from the adverse weath...
Drought ravages Chipinge 11 May 2016 CHIPINGE - Legislators from both Zanu PF and the MDC here agree there is need for government to urgently intervene and help avert the worsening food crisis that has seen many turning to wild fruits to survive. Chipinge, which falls in the Save Valley, is one of the most arid areas in Zimbabwe ...
Mugabe fiddles as drought shrivels crops 24 April 2016 UMZINGWANE - At least 70 percent of crops in Matabeleland South are wilting and reservoir water levels are at their lowest, agriculture experts have said. Yet President Robert Mugabe's government has not held a high-level meeting to discuss drought relief for farmers even as the Met Department...
Mat South children suffer malnutrion 23 April 2016 UMZINGWANE - Health authorities have warned that children here are suffering from severe acute malnutrition and require immediate treatment. Authorities warned of an unfolding humanitarian emergency in Matabeleland South Province. Children are struggling to recover from severe drought that ...
Zanu PF, MDC in 'hunger wars' 10 April 2016 HARARE - MDC councillor Clifford Nhamburo is up in arms with Zanu PF MP for Goromonzi East Beatrice Nyamupinga over food distribution in the area, as villagers fight an El nino-induced drought that has left at least four million people in dire need of food aid in the country. Nhamburo, who is ...
Food shortages rise as drought worsens 28 March 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe faces rising food shortages as drought, exacerbated by the El Nino weather pattern worsens, the UN Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator has said. The strong El Nino episode has raised serious concerns regarding the impact on food insecurity, with harvests badly a...
Let this drought be a wake-up call 7 March 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe is going through one of its worst droughts in decades and information released last week which showed that close to three million people are staring hunger in the face should be a wake-up call to the government. Many experts have rated this year's drought as the worst in 25 y...