Malawi in constant alerts as Cyclone Chalane looms

Tropical Cyclone Pam
Tropical Cyclone Pam

Malawi government has embarked on comprehensive alerts and public awareness to ensure the safety of its citizens as the country braces for Tropical Cyclone Chalane.

There are fears that the tropical cyclone, which is expected to make landfall in Mozambique Wednesday, may affect Malawi, too, by causing devastating rains and floods.

Malawi’s Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (DCCMS) is currently monitoring the movements of the cyclone and constantly updating the public on the same.

The DCCMS said weather models continue to indicate that Tropical Cyclone Chalane is to make landfall on Mozambique soil on Wednesday between the town of Quelimane and the City of Beira.

According to the DCCMS, from the Mozambique coastline, the cyclone is expected to head westward into the interior of Mozambique and then into Zimbabwe.

“On its westward movement, the Tropical Cyclone will unleash heavy rains over Malawi as it extends its influence over the country,” reads the statement issued Tuesday by the Director of the DCCMS, Jolamu Nkhokwe.

“The heavy rains are likely to cause floods along river banks and low-lying districts over the centre, south and lakeshore of the country,” continues the statement, further advising members of the public to “move from flood-prone or flooded areas to high ground areas”, among other precautionary measures.

Meanwhile, the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), has mobilized all district councils across the country to embark on public awareness and sensitization to prepare the people for the impending cyclone.

DoDMA has also confirmed that a search and rescue team comprising the Malawi Defense Force and Malawi Police Service will be at standby for deployment where and when required.

Over the past five years, Malawi has suffered two devastating cyclones, namely El nino in 2015 and Idai in 2019 and the two cyclones left hundreds dead, hundreds of thousands displaced and property worth billions of dollars as well as thousands of hectares of crops destroyed. Enditem

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