Global Weather Hazards Summary, February 28 - March 6, 2014
Flood risks remain for parts of south-eastern Africa
Consistently heavy rains over the past few weeks have caused flooding, overflowing of rivers, infrastructure damage, and have displaced people in many local areas of central and eastern Zambia, including the Luano Valley, Kitwe, and Chipata regions. Heavy downpours are forecast to continue during the next outlook period, which could exacerbate ground conditions.
Heavy downpours during the past week have substantially elevated the level of the Licungo River and flooded lower areas downstream. This increases the risks for flooding over the Namacura and Maganja da Costa districts in the Zambezia province of Mozambique. The moderate to heavy rains forecast during the next outlook period could trigger new flooding and worsen ground conditions.
Abundant rains over the past several weeks have led to elevated river levels along the Púnguè, Búzi and Save Rivers in central Mozambique. Localized flooding has inundated crop fields, damaged infrastructure, displaced local populations and isolated towns. Recent drier conditions have provided relief, but river levels remain high, increasing the risk for localized river flooding.
Torrential rain during the past several weeks in Zimbabwe has caused river and flash flooding across the Masvingo province. Flooding around the Tokwe-Mukorsi dam in Masvingo province has led to a state of disaster declaration. With grounds saturated, the risk for localized flooding across Zimbabwe is elevated for the next week.