Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook March 6 – March 12, 2014

from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Published on 05 Mar 2014

 Heavy downpours have caused flooding in north-central Zambia, southern Zimbabwe, and northern Mozambique.

 Light to moderate rains were observed over the Greater Horn of Africa during the past observation period.

1) Heavy downpours during the past week have caused the Licungo River to burst its banks, inundating expansive cropping areas, infrastructure, and houses downstream. Although reduced rains are forecast over the region during the next week, any additional rain may exacerbate the ground conditions, including elevated risks for waterborne disease outbreaks.

2) Heavy rains during the past week have resulted in destroyed houses, damaged infrastructure, and displaced local residents over the Kitwe of north-central Zambia. Moderate to heavy rains are expected to continue during the next outlook period, which could trigger new flooding and worsen ground conditions.

3) Torrential and above-average rains over the past few weeks have flooded crops, damaged infrastructure, destroyed houses, and displaced local population across the Masvingo province of Zimbabwe and along the Pungue, Buzi, and Save Rivers of central Mozambique. Abundant rains are forecast over southeastern Southern Africa during the next week, which could deteriorate ground conditions further and lead to new flooding across eastern Botswana and northern South Africa.