Articles tagged 'weather'

'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...
Govt, WHO launch hunger risk profiles 3 November 2017 HARARE - World Food Programme (WFP), government and the Food and Nutrition Council yesterday launched district hunger risk profiles, as about one million people face starvation. District profiling is evidence-based information that helps government and development partners to understand food i...
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...
Zim braces for storms, floods 14 October 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe is bracing for heavy storms and floods, following the deluge of  rain which lashed Mt Darwin and destroyed more than 100 homes there on Thursday, after similar heavy downpours hit Beitbridge. This comes as South Africa is counting the cost of flash floods which  ravaged Durba...
Hurricane Nate ravages US 8 October 2017 NEW YORK - Hurricane Nate has made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) says. The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 85mph (137km/h), is moving north, and a second landfall is expected on the Mississippi coast later. Louis...
Flood warning for Joburg as 'thunderstorm' strikes 6 October 2017 JOHANNESBURG - Residents of Johannesburg have been warned to take extra precautions, as heavy rainfall could result in localised flooding. Emergency Services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said that the country had "officially entered into thunderstorm season". He warned residents in low lyin...
'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 ...
Islanders flee hurricane Irma 6 September 2017 LONDON - Islands in the Caribbean have made last-minute preparations for Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade, with officials warning of its "potentially catastrophic" effects. The category five hurricane, the highest possible level, has sustained wind speeds reaching 3...
Expect normal but late rains: Met 4 September 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe is set to receive normal rains in the 2017/18 season, but they will be falling late, the Meteorological Services Department (Met) has predicted. The rainfall patterns are divided into two sub-seasons — October to December 2017 and January to March 2018. “Using statistical,...
Harare council to lose property 2 September 2017 HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) risks losing its property as Mbare residents, who successfully sued it after blocked drains caused flooding of their homes, have secured a writ of execution. Speaking to the Daily News this week, the lawyer representing the 43 residents, Allan Moyo, said they...
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...
Biting cold, rains predicted 5 July 2017 HARARE - After a brief spell of pleasant weather, chilly conditions are expected to return to Zimbabwe this week with light to moderate rains forecast, the Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has said. The MSD's head of public weather services Tich Zinyemba said there is strong likelihood...
Rain fears for Zim in Scotland 14 June 2017 HARARE - There are fears that Zimbabwe's two One Day Internationals against Scotland in Edinburgh might be affected by the wet weather currently prevailing in the United Kingdom. Zimbabwe left for Scotland on Sunday via Dubai and arrived on Monday ahead of tomorrow's first encounter. [Googl...
Zanu PF officials sued for food aid politicisation 10 May 2017 HARARE - Three Zanu PF officials have been dragged to the High Court by Chegutu MDC members, who accuse the trio of denying them drought aid under government's “food for work” programme. The MDC members are demanding $20 000 in damages from the three. According to the court summons, the app...
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...
Red Cross transforms dry Muzarabani 19 April 2017 MUZARABANI - About 300km from Harare into Mashonaland Central Province lies a dry and remote area called Muzarabani where people somehow manage to scratch a living despite both natural and man-made disasters including extreme whether temperatures. The area falls under the natural farming regio...
Govt raises $35m to fix roads 5 April 2017 HARARE - Government has raised $35 million to fix roads and bridges damaged by floods. Senior principal director in the Office of the President and Cabinet Ozias Hove said the funds were raised through the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme. This comes after Local Government minister S...
WFP launches $250m hunger relief plan 4 April 2017 HARARE - The World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday launched a $253 million five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP) to alleviate hunger and improve nutrition in Zimbabwe. Its country director, Eddie Rowe, said this year WFP has projected to utilise $53 million under the plan. The new CSP comes...
'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...
Tsholotsho floods victims 'drown' in squalor 23 March 2017 HARARE - Tsholotsho villagers are living in squalor, weeks after their homes and belongings were destroyed by ravaging floods. According to World Vision, five people are sharing a single blanket at Sipepa Transit Camp, which houses about 1 265 victims, while averages of 18 people are squeezed ...
Zim ups flood aid appeal to $188m 21 March 2017 HARARE - The hard-pressed Zimbabwe government has revised upwards its floods relief appeal to $188 million from $100 million, as the situation of affected victims gets direr. While acting mpresident Phelekezela Mphoko yesterday made a plea for the extra $88 million, it was not immediately clea...
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...
Army roped in to fix bridges 17 March 2017 HARARE - The Transport ministry has engaged the army to assist in the reconstruction of bridges washed away by rampaging floods, Parliament has been told. This comes as torrential rains have swept away five bridges along major highways across the country. The destroyed bridges include Nkank...
Spare a thought for flood victims 15 March 2017 HARARE - How Zanu PF functions and how it has remained in power even against glaring evidence of its incompetence really boggles the mind. Some can be forgiven for concluding that we have a leadership that we truly deserve, because we have been stuck with the same recycled deadwood for over 37...