Civil Protection Department prepares for flooding

By ZBC Reporter

CLIMATE experts have urged stakeholders to mobilise resources as part of disaster preparedness with the country likely to experience above-normal rainfall this summer.

Speaking to ZBC News this Tuesday, climate expert and researcher, Dr Christopher Maveza noted that the weather phenomenon best known as La Nina is associated with hazards such as floods, hence the need for the country to be well prepared for such extreme weather conditions.

“The La Nina weather event is not caused by climate change but is an event that is associated with wetter conditions and this is very risky especially to people staying in low lying areas and those who stay in flood-prone areas.”

Civil Protection Department Director, Mr Nathan Nkomo noted that work has already begun to prepare for possible flooding in low lying areas with stakeholders working towards mobilising resources for disaster preparedness.

“We have just come from the devastating effects of Cyclone Idai and this is a wakeup call for the country to prepare itself for similar disasters in future. We need to ensure there are enough resources to deal with any eventuality resulting from the wetter conditions expected this rainy season.”

The country could have higher than average rainfall in the coming 2020-2021 summer cropping season, with a global climate agency predicting greater chances of a La Nina in the region.

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