Global Weather Hazards Summary March 21-27, 2014
Rains maintain flooding and ground saturation risks throughout southern Africa
Africa Weather Hazards
1.Heavy rains over the past several weeks have destroyed houses, damaged infrastructure, and displaced local residents over the Kitwe region of north-central Zambia. Moderate to heavy rains forecast during the next week could maintain elevated risks for localized flooding over many areas of the region.
2.Consistent and above-average rains over the past several weeks have raised the Zambezi River level near its flooding level in western Zambia. There is an increased chance for flooding along downstream areas as moderate to heavy rains are forecast to persist during the next week.
3.Heavy downpours over the past few weeks have caused the overflowing of the Licungo River across the Zambezia province of northern Mozambique. The flooding has negatively affected the livelihoods of many residents of the Namacura and Maganja da Costa districts. Light to moderate rains are expected during the next week, which could sustain oversaturation on the ground.
4.Widespread and above-average rains over the past few weeks have led to flooding, infrastructure damages, and loss of lives over many areas of the Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, and Johannesburg of South Africa; and surge of the Incomati River of southern Mozambique. Although little rains are expected during the next week, the additional rains could maintain river water above alert levels.
5.Heavy rains over the past few weeks have resulted in flooding over the Omusati region along the Angola-Namibian border.
The inundation has led to the closure of several schools. Moderate to heavy rains are forecast over the region during the next week, which could worsen conditions on the ground.