Mozambique tropical cyclone ‘Idai’ to hit Zambia, warns DMMU

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The tropical cyclone that is ravaging Mozambique is likely to extend to some parts of Zambia, the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit has warned.

DMMU communications officer Racheal Chama said in a statement today that Cyclone Idai could affect Luapula, Northern, Central, Southern, Muchinga and parts of Eastern provinces.

“The Southern African Development Community – Climate Services Centre has predicted that a tropical storm is forming over Mozambique, which will migrate inland and make land fall over eastern Mozambique,” Chama stated.

“The tropical cyclone is likely to extend to Zambia and affect Luapula, Northern, Central, Southern, Muchinga and parts of Eastern provinces. Districts such as Lunga, Chilubi, Luwingu, Mporokoso, Kawambwa, parts of Mansa and Milenge are likely to receive rainfall in excess of 10mm from March 16.”

Chama explained that Cyclone Idai which is likely to make land fall in Zambia from 15th – 20th March 2019, will be characterised by high velocity winds, heavy rainfall storms may result in flash and localized floods and debris.

“Human habitation may collapse rendering people homeless, lives and property may be lost, fields may be submerged, livestock may be affected and crossing points washed away die to the floods.

“The Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU), wishes to urge the communities in the identified districts to minimise movements and avoid vulnerable buildings. Communities are also advised to take caution when approaching flooded rivers and avoid crossing on flooded low level bridges during the forecast period.

“The Zambia Meteorological Department will continue monitoring the situation and keep the nation updated. DMMU will also continuously issue early warning information through SMS, radio and television,” Chama stated.

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One Response to Mozambique tropical cyclone ‘Idai’ to hit Zambia, warns DMMU

  1. God see as through please

    Muke Amis
    March 18, 2019 at 7:24 am
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