Met department continues to monitor Cyclone Batsirai

By Patience Nyagato

AS the Meteorological Services Department continues to monitor the progress of Cyclone Batsirai from the Indian Ocean, the Department of Civil Protection says it has activated its teams across the country for any eventuality.

Projections are that Cyclone Batsirai will not have a direct impact on the country, although some rains above 20mm and lighting are expected to be experienced in the Matabeleland later this week.

“Cyclone Batsirai is expected to make land in Madagascar that is more 1 200km away from Zimbabwe. As for Zimbabwe we should get mostly sunny skies and maybe expect Matabeleland South and North to have thundershowers coupled with lightning. So we advise that when thunder roars it’s best to be indoors,” said James Ngoma Jnr, head of public weather services.

However, Government arms are on high alert with the Director of Civil Protection Unit, Mr Nathan Nkomo saying there is a need for more awareness campaigns on the dangers of crossing flooded rivers.

“We are now focusing on cyclone Batsirai. We have not dismantled our preparations all the committees are active because no specifics have been said on how the cyclone will affect Zimbabwe. We have activated all the 10 provinces so that they gear themselves for any eventuality just in case,” said Nathan Nkomo, Director Civil Protection Unit.

The threat of Cyclone Batsirai comes a week after tropical storm Ana left a trail of destruction in some parts of Manicaland and Mashonaland Central provinces.