By Kudakwashe Vhenge
Meteorological Department(MSD) in conjunction with Department of Civil Protection issued a statement that Manicaland Province is experiencing an overland Tropical Depression from Wednesday 30 December to Thursday 31st December.
MSD in a statement at 0600 hours on Wednesday said the former Tropical Storm Chalane( now an overland Tropical Depression) made landfall over Beira in the early hours on Wednesday 30 December and is expected to rapidly dissipate, with wind speed reducing from the current 50 knots to 25 knots, as it tracks westward over rugged hills of Manicaland Province in the next 12 hours.
However, MSD said the extent of the cloud bands has already begun giving continuous light rain over the Eastern Highlands, with localized heavier downpours(in excess of 50 mm accumulation over the next 24 hour period) projected especially over high ground( areas along the main watershed and the Eastern Highlands); these downpours may result in reduced visibility and flash flooding in areas with poor drainage river beds.
Mudslides and landslides as well as collapse of walls,due to excessive moisture,remain probable thus monitoring immediate environment is essential and wherever possible, stay indoors warned MSD.
People are to watch out in the Manicand Province because of Overland Depresion Chalane for riverine,flooding, flash flooding,sudden gushes of water land slides.
Also they should watch out for continuous rain and destructive winds.Collapse of huts/houses and fallen trees/ tree branches due to excessive moisture should also be watched out.
Last but not least open drains and pot holes that may be covered by water is also a cause of concern that need to be watched out.
MSD ordered out what people have to do in order to be safe from the Overland Depression Chalane.They pointed out that people should never attempt to cross fast flowing or flooded rivers and streams whether walking or driving.They ordered for people to stay indoors where ever possible and cooperate with members of the civil protection committee for safety.
People are also advised to take caution on roads as they may be treacherous, if they urgently need to travel.
Emergency kit should be kept close and the surroundings need to be monitored. Following of weather reports updates is essential or to call MSD Provincial Officers.
Contacts for the MSD Provincial Officers are as follows;
Mash East +263772429036
Main Office +263778911176