Met dept predicts more heavy rains


WIDESPREAD thunderstorms are expected across in the country next week and the Meteorological Services Department (MSD) urged people to stay indoors when heavy rains pound.

The thunderstorms and rains are expected starting today.

“Widespread thunderstorms are expected across much of the country. These storms are expected to bring heavier falls (in excess of 50mm in 24 hours) in places,” the MSD said in a statement.

“Such thundery phenomenon is usually superseded by lightning. This poses a potential threat to the tallest objects such as trees, poles, isolated sheds and even persons in an open field. Downstream flooding is also a potential hazard. Once a thunderstorm begins, desist from all outdoor activity.

“Avoidance of metal objects, electrical gadgets and tall isolated trees or sheds. Do not cross flooded rivers or streams whether on foot or in a vehicle. Avoid parking vehicles under trees, where possible trim over hanging branches and when thunder roars it is best to be indoors,” the statement added.

Recently, five family members were killed by lightning in Muzvezve while working in a field.

Prior to the incident, one person was killed while 21 families were marooned following heavy rains that pounded Binga, leading to flash floods where four rivers meet — Sibwambwa, Sikanda, Namapanda and Manyenyengwa — in the Nsungwale area under Chief Sinakoma.

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