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Met says heavy rains expected in the North

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The Northern Region should brace for heavy rains over high ground and along the lakeshore, the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services said Monday.

The department said the rains are falling due to the passage of strong easterly waves enhanced by the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) lying over Tanzania.

The department’s director, Jolam Nkhokwe, said the expected scattered rainfall associated with locally heavy rains are likely to cause flooding over northern lakeshore areas as the soils are already very wet.

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According to Nkhokwe the forecast of the rains is between April 15 and April 22 this year.

“Heavy rains likely to cause flooding over northern lakeshore prone areas as the soils are already very wet, enhanced by environmental degradation and poor drainage system,” he said.

Nkhokwe said the month of April is a transiting period from summer into winter season in Malawi and marks the end of the rainy season.

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“There will be relatively cool and moist airflow from the south east, signaling the start of the end of the rainy season starting from the south and progressively moving northwards. Consequently the southern and central areas of the country will be experiencing occasional patches of rain drizzles with fog in low lying areas,” he said.

The department asked those using Lake Malawi and other lakes in the country to be cautious to avoid loss of life and property due to presence of Mwera Winds.

The department has also advised the public to take advantage of the extended rainfall activities to continue tree planting activities and allow regeneration of trees necessary for reduction of future catastrophic floods.

Heavy rains were recorded last week, especially in the Northern Region, on Friday April 13.

The rains wreaked havoc in Karonga District displacing over 300 households and one boy was reported missing. Road users were also stranded on Friday night as Lweya River as M5 Road flooded

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