Tropical cyclone Idai has made landfall in neighboring Mozambique but the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services in Malawi said its impact on the southern Africa country will not be serious as anticipated.
Following severe flooding caused by torrential rains that claimed at least 56 people in 14 districts in southern Malawi during the week beginning March 6, people in Malawi have been on alert for another bout of intense raining caused by tropical cyclone.
In its latest weather update on Friday, the department said the cyclone has changed course.
“The country will experience isolated rains due to the sinking air from the tropical cyclone when it made land fall,” Jolamu Nkhokwe, director of climate change and meteorological services in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, told a media briefing in Blantyre.
“This means it is weakening as it makes its way toward Zimbabwe where it is expected to weaken,” he said.
Nkhokwe, however, warned of heavy rains in Chikwawa and Nsanje, two flood-prone districts in Malawi.
“The downpour might be severe because they are closer to where the cyclone made landfall before heading to Zimbabwe,” he said.
Latest statistics indicate that one person died in Nsanje, where more than 16,000 people were affected.
In Chikwawa, 12,432 households were displaced by the floods, which affected over 52,511 people.
Malawi President Peter Mutharika has declared 14 southern areas as disaster zones, a decision that has opened doors to local and foreign aid. Enditem