Malawi government warns of flooding rivers

Government has issued a stern warning that three major rivers in the south might burst its banks due to heavy rains expected in the next day or so.

Minister of Homeland Security’s
visit to disaster affected households in the area of T/A Kanduku in
Mwanza.

Principal secretary in the ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Gray Nyandule Phiri says rivers Ruo, Shire and Mwanza are expected to flood in the next two or three days.

“The general public in these areas is being advised to take precautionary measures and exercise extreme caution such as desist from crossing full or flooded rivers.

“They should also guard minors against accessing the said zones, plan to move to higher land, move and secure livestock and students crossing the rivers when going to school should also exercise extreme caution,” he said.

His warning comes barely a day after weather experts also issued a warning of heavy rains accompanied by strong winds, storms, lightning and thunder.

In a statement, the department of Meteorological Department and Climate Change says some parts of the central region, eastern areas and northern region would be hit by the heavy rains later.

“The anticipated heavy rains could cause localized flash flooding while strong winds could cause destruction of property in some parts,” says the department.

The weather experts further say that to secure property and life, people should take necessary precautionary measures such as not seeking shelter under trees or weak building structures or moving in the open when there is thunder storm in vicinity.

Minister of Homeland Security Nichalas Dausi says the government is ready for any disaster.

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