Zimbabwe: Flood Update #5 (as of 8 February 2013)
Rains have receded over the past two weeks but have left major infrastructure damages to roads, homesteads and schools. The meteorological department reported that the country has received the peak of rainfall for the season and that while more rains are expected, they should not cause major flooding incidents. The Met Department is monitoring cyclonic activities over Madagascar which may influence weather patterns in the country. Beitbridge (Mashonaland South), Tsholotsho (Mashonaland North), Nyanga (Manicaland), Chiredzi (Masvingo) are among the areas worst affected with some homesteads and schools destroyed, and road networks cut off. Access has remained particularly difficult to areas in Beitbridge and Nyanga. On 4 February, the Department of Civil Protection (DCP) reported that the Limpopo river which experienced significant increases in flows and burst its banks at B35 station on the 20th of January and caused flooding in Beitbridge, has significantly decreased river levels from over 10 metres to around 2 metres. The DCP reports further that flows in the country’s major rivers have been on the decline since the 28 January as a result of the dry spell experienced across the country. A slight decrease in dam levels was recorded between 28 January and 4 February.
Chances of flooding in the flood prone areas of Muzarabani, Gokwe, Middle Sabi, Tsholotsho and Chikwalakwala are currently very low unless rainfall activities increase significantly.