BY, Vincent Gunde
The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services in the Ministry of Natural Resources , Energy and Mining, says as from Sunday 29th December,2019 to Wednesday 1st January,2020, most areas in the country are expected to experience heavy thunderstorms starting from the northern areas spreading into the central and southern areas.
Pic: heavy rainfall causing river flooding…
The department says the regions will receive the heaviest rainfall episodes over central and lakeshore areas due to a very deep low pressure system embedded within the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone which will be oscillating over Malawi while dumping heavy rains which are likely to cause floods along the lakeshore areas and central plains of the country with the extreme south experiencing very reduced rain.
This is contained in a statement on weather updates by the director of the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services, Jolamu Nkhokwe saying as from Thursday 2nd January to Sunday 5th January,2020, most areas in the south, Centre and north are expected to experience reduction in rainfall activities with isolated to scattered thunderstorms to be experienced due to warm airflow from the east.
It says as expected , locally heavy rainfall episodes over lakeshore and central areas of the country are likely to cause flooding in most flood prone areas and rivers worsened by siltation due to environmental degradation in combination with poor drainage system in cities and towns over the northern areas.
The Department is advising the general public to avoid crossing flooding areas and swelling rivers and to continue taking preventive measures such as being in doors, avoid playing on an open ground, avoid seeking shelters under trees, avoid moving in rains, and avoid physical interaction with electrical appliances whenever thunderstorms occur within the vicinity to avoid being struck by lightning.
The public is being advised to carry out tree planting and management activities to enhance reduction of further catastrophic floods, storage of soil moisture and to act as windbreaks during strong winds.
The Department is further advising the public to be weather ready and climate smart by religiously paying undivided attention to the continuously available daily and weekly weather updates to ensure seamless use of weather information on all timescales and be kept safe from any weather related threats.