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Expect more floods, Met Department says

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By Jameson Chauluka:

Malawi is likely to experience more floods in the next few days, especially in the flood-prone areas of the Southern Region, the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has warned.

“The anticipated heavy rains could cause floods, including flush floods in prone areas. Therefore, to secure lives and property, the public should take precautionary measures such as moving to higher grounds when water levels start rising, avoid crossing flooding rivers and not seeking shelter under trees and weak structures,” reads a statement from the department.

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The statement says the adverse weather conditions are due to deep and wide low pressure systems in the Mozambican channel that has been strengthened some 390 kilometers North of the Southern border of Malawi and Mozambique in Nsanje District.

It says, because of the storm, from Monday to today, heavy rains, accompanied by strong winds, are expected mainly in the Southern Region.

“By 14:00 hours on Monday January 21st, the tropical storm was on its way to make a landfall over Mozambique, while dumping heavy rains overland including [in] Southern Malawi,” the statement reads in part.

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So far, 21 people have died due to natural disasters in the last six months in Malawi, with most of the deaths being due to lightning, which the department linked to deforestation.

Severe weather conditions are, however, expected to weaken later this week in the Southern Region.

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