The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has warned that some parts of the country would receive heavy rainfall in the 2021/22 season which might lead to flooding.
The department’s director Jolam Nkhokwe told the Daily Times that some areas would experience “extreme rainfall” during the season which started on October 1.
“Heavy rains mean floods. So Malawians should be ready for this kind of scenario.
“Planning should start now not when floods have already arrived. If we haven’t planned, let’s start now,” Nkhokwe said.
Nkhokwe, however, said some parts of the country would receive “very good” rainfall between October 2021 and March 2022 which would be ideal for farming.
Nkhokwe added that there is the possibility of having few pockets of dryness at the very beginning in the Southern Region and towards the end in the North Region.
Meanwhile, the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) has indicated that it is establishing warehouses in all districts across the country.
The department believes this would help it respond to disasters within 72 hours.
In early March 2019, heavy and persistent rains caused severe flooding in several districts, especially in the southern region.
According to statistics from the government, about 868,900 people were affected, 60 people died and 672 were injured.
Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
In 2015, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.
He joined Times Group Newsroom in September 2019.