Articles tagged 'weather'

'Declare floods a national disaster' 22 February 2017 HARARE - Tendai Biti’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the government to declare the Cyclone Dineo-induced floods a national disaster after concerns about the ability of government to cope with the aftermath. This comes after rain and strong winds battered Matabeleland last weekend, ...
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...
92 drown as floods wreak havoc 9 February 2017 HARARE - At least 92 people have drowned while 10 have died from lightning strikes since the rainy season began in October, a Civil Protection Unit (CPU) surveillance report has said. This comes despite repeated warnings by the CPU and Meteorological Services Department(MSD) against driving th...
Harare floods: No compensation for lodgers 7 February 2017 HARARE - Tenants renting homes that have been affected by flooding will not be compensated under a government assistance scheme, Civil Protection Unit (CPU)’s deputy director, Sibusisiwe Ndlovu, said yesterday. Several properties have been affected by recent flooding and many others remain und...
Govt probes flooded Borrowdale properties' legality 7 February 2017 HARARE - Government is investigating the legality of the homes that were recently ravaged by floods, including those in Borrowdale, after it turned out that some where built on wetlands and waterways, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) said yesterday. This comes after several houses i...
Borrowdale floods saga takes new twist 1 February 2017 HARARE - The Borrowdale flooding case has taken a new twist, with the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) saying the privately-owned dam that led to the disaster after it spilled was illegally constructed. This comes as the Environmental Management Authority (Ema) has also said that the ...
US gives $4m more to fight famine 1 February 2017 HARARE - The United States will give an additional $4 million in aid for fighting famine in Zimbabwe, with the funding coming from President Donald Trump’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (Pepfar). The new money — which comes on top of US assistance was announced on Monday — and would bring tot...
'Flooded Borrowdale homes built on waterway' 31 January 2017 HARARE - Homes that were ravaged by floods in the affluent Borrowdale suburb last week were actually built on a waterway, the Environmental Management Agency (Ema) has said. The agency's publicity manager, Steady Kangata, said the houses, including Lands minister Douglas Mombeshora's mansion, ...
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...
Floods expose our unpreparedness 23 January 2017 HARARE - Zimbabweans are dangerously unprepared for the natural disasters most of the country is exposed to if the latest incessant rains and subsequent floods are anything to judge by. Government's response to prolonged flooding in various areas of the country exposes weak political accountab...
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...
Concerns over houses affected by floodwater 18 January 2017 HARARE - A residents' association has voiced its concerns about homes being submerged by floodwater due to poor land use and management in Harare, which is posing a serious humanitarian disaster. This comes after 30 families whose houses were built about 50 metres away from Marimba River in Bu...
More floods loom 17 January 2017 HARARE - The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has forecast countrywide flooding, as heavy rains continue to pound the country. So far, the Civil Protection Unit (CPU) has confirmed that areas that have been hit by flash floods include parts of Guruve, Mt Darwin, Chitungwiza, Marange, B...
Dozens stranded as floods hit Budiriro 16 January 2017 HARARE - Dozens of people were left stranded on Friday after flash floods flooded their homes in Harare's Budiriro suburb. The homes which were built on a wetland adjacent to a river in Budiriro 5 have not been spared by the incessant rains that have also flooded other high density areas as we...
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. ...
Floods hit Joburg 10 November 2016 JOHANNESBURG - Mopping up operations are under way in Johannesburg after a flash flood on Wednesday afternoon caused chaos on the city’s roads. - Are you there? Send us your eyewitness accounts and photos. Seven people are believed to be missing after their vehicles washed away, the Johanne...
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...
Kicking hunger out of young tummies 23 October 2016 HARARE - As hunger may stalk up to about six million Zimbabweans by January 2017, various organisations have moved in to save multitudes of children from starvation — as both urban and rural populations have been affected. Government — through aid agencies — has begun implementing schools feed...
Special Fund enhances food security 17 October 2016 HARARE - Since the chaotic land reform programme of 2000 — Zimbabwe has witnessed a massive 58 percent decrease in agricultural production and only the timely intervention of support partners has mitigated the situation, an analysis by the Zimbabwe Value Chain reveals. On the backdrop of worse...
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...
No rains yet: Met dept 5 October 2016 HARARE - The Meteorological Services Department (Met dept) has advised that the 2016-17 rainy season is not on yet and warned farmers not to rely on the early moisture. This comes after rains were received in Matabeleland North and South, Masvingo and southern districts of the Midlands and Man...