SENIOR STAFF WRITER
ZIMBABWE is likely to experience tropical cyclones in the forthcoming rainfall season which will result in floods, violent storms and damages to homesteads due to La Nina weather patterns, Environment minister Mangaliso Ndhlovu has said.
“Each country has its own unique climate drivers. However, weather knows no boundaries. Although Zimbabwe is land-locked, it is not surprising that the response to changes in the Pacific Ocean, where the La Nina and El Nino originate from, there is already talk of a La Nina this year.“A La Nina is often associated with wet conditions over southern Africa, but the impacts of each La Nina on global climate are never the same. They depend on the intensity of the event, the time of the year when it develops,” Ndhlovu said.
“This calls for multi-stakeholder participation in the use of the rainfall outlook as a weapon to mitigate the vagaries of extreme weather and climate events. To this end the government through the MSD (Metrological Service Department) will shortly begin the process towards the establishment of the National Framework for Climate services under the guidelines of the global framework for climate services,” Ndlovu added.