Malawi braced for floods as heavy rains due to hit in two weeks -MET

Malawi’s Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has issued severe weather warnings of high rainfall amounts which will eventually trigger flash floods.

The floods in front of police officers houses

The floods in front of police officers houses

The departnment warned that flooding in potential flood prone districts should be anticipated in the next two weeks.

Jolam Nkhokwe, Director of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has told Malawi News Agency (Mana) the trend is as a result of active Congo Air Mass coupled with a low pressure area in the Mozambique Channel.

“Malawi’s two main rain bearing systems which are the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and Congo air mass coupled with a low pressure area located in the Mozambique Channel remain active. This will consequently cause wide spread rainfall associated with high rainfall amounts.

“The high rainfall amounts cumulatively are expected to trigger flash floods and flooding in potential flood prone districts such as, Nsanje, Chikhwawa, Phalombe, Mangochi, Salima, Nkhata bay and Karonga,” warned Nkhokwe.

Nkhokwe further warned that during this period severe thunderstorms are expected and would be accompanied by strong winds and lighting because of the accumulation of heat energy in the atmosphere.

“The general public is, therefore, being advised to be indoors during periods of severe thunderstorms to avoid lighting strikes and should take caution when crossing swelling rivers,” cautioned Nkhokwe.

Meanwhile, the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has said it is closely monitoring the behaviour of the low pressure area situated in the Mozambique Channel in terms of its intensification and movement to enable them issue appropriate advisories and warnings should it develop into a tropical storm.—Reporting by Yamikani Yapuwa, Mana


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16 thoughts on “Malawi braced for floods as heavy rains due to hit in two weeks -MET”

  1. ConyoH says:

    U oweez wait for somthing to happen n come up wit yo nosense!

  2. Pa Easy says:

    To my employer,
    If u won’t see me the said time osakaika am indoors as per warning. I will avail my self when its said it is safe now.
    Your employee

    We prayed for rains and God has given, thank you Father for the blessing. Its our prayer now that you protect each and everyone from the flash floods expected. You heard our plea for rains, do so with this plea for protection. Let thy will be done, amen!

  3. Dowa says:

    Sammy ndiwe munthu omvetsa chisoni

  4. Busy Brains says:

    MET dept is not helping Malawians either! Why didn’t it fore warn people of Karonga and Lilongwe only to surface this time around when everyone is aware that with more rains, the likelihood of floods are minimal? We need to be taught the un obvious/ the unforeseen. Don’t behave as our Chanco political scientists who always say the obvious. Do we really have the MET dept in the first place? Or they wait for other countries’ weather imageries?

  5. Matutu says:

    Two weeks forecast of heavy rains is long, even if am not a meteorologist. This warning is subject to quick periodic review. Am hoping this will be taken care of..

  6. musova nokha okonda thandizonu

  7. allie wa allie says:

    Pepani achibale koma chonde suthani mbali mwa mitsinjeyo

  8. Patriot says:

    Nkofunika kuti tipemphelere dziko lathuli kuti Mulungu abweletse mvula yabwino osati yowononga. Ndipo mapempherowaasachite kudikilira ku Sanjika, sazachitika.

  9. Elliot = Thamangila Nyanyala BK says:

    Tioneni Chauta ife zativuta

  10. Mbuyache says:

    I’m disappointed with sammy coz even Nchalo n Bereu are affected in these floods n yet there not in the areas where pipo r told to move away from, u say don’t help, to hell with u, r u Malawian to start with

  11. Hot Iron says:

    I think Sammy (4) you are a complete fool. Do you think we need any aid from Government or NGOs by being on our land? We have survived without your aid before and that is how we live. We are happy to be on our land, it floods its our issue and we don’t need your aid at all. Stupid you Sammy.

  12. Sagwa says:

    Nthawi yache basi kapena ndizachilendo❔

  13. Sammy says:

    Governmen & NGOs plz dont help ppo of Chikwawa dis yr,coz amachita dala osasamukla ku uperlands,,leave diz foolish ppo ds yr,,,

  14. Grey says:

    May Allah the almighty protect us.

  15. Achimidzimidzi says:

    PAC at one time said Malawi will not have rains and Met Department was telling lies. Mbuzi za anthu zimenezija.

    Amati chikakula patuka. Uyo amakhala dala malo amadzi adzewe zocheta yekha, moyowu kulibe kuti Shoprite ndi umodzi womwewo basi.

  16. ankhoma says:

    which is which. should we say the country has prenty of trees now?

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