Zimbabwe warns of heavy rains

Zimbabwe warns of heavy rains

Harare- Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Lands, Agriculture Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement has warned of heavy rains over parts of the country starting Wednesday.

The warning comes barely a day after a violent storm hit Harare on Monday leaving trees uprooted and in one of the incidents a tree fell on top of a car killing two occupants in the high density suburb of Mbare.

In a statement the Ministry said rains are expected this Wednesday until Friday with heavy rain in some places.

“Widespread rains are expected across the country from Wednesday 20 until Friday 22 November 2019, with heavy rains in some places. Of note however, on Wednesday 20 November, parts of Manicaland, Matebeleland South, Masvingo Provinces as well as southern areas of Midlands Province are forecast to receive heavier rains in excess of 50mm in 24 hours.

“These may be coupled with incidents of hail, strong winds and lightning similar conditions should spread northward to affect areas along the Main Watershed on Thursday 21 November,” read the statement

The Ministry however, said normalcy would prevail thereafter.

“Thereafter, the rains should steadily ease off giving way to bright and showery conditions in most areas with a possibility of localised heavier falls over Mashonaland East into northern parts of Manicaland”

The Ministry said the rains will be accompanied by heavy down pours, damaging winds, lightning, hail and flash flooding thereby uprooting trees.

In March this year the country encountered a devastating tropical cyclone which hit parts of Manicaland and Masvingo leaving hundreds of people dead and thousands homeless.