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‘Brace for more rains’

NANCY SIAME, CATHERINE MUMBA, Lusaka
THE Zambia Meteorological Department (ZMD) says the country is expected to experience heavy rains in the next two days with isolated cases of flash floods.
The department has also assured that there will be enough rain to support crops being replanted after destruction of some plants by armyworms.
ZMD acting director Joseph Kanyanga said floods are expected in the Copperbelt, Lusaka and Southern provinces.
Professor Kanyanga said in an interview yesterday that Zambia is already recording excess rains.
“By December we had already achieved the normal status of rainfall and what we are receiving now is just excess rains,” he said.
Prof Kanyanga said the good rains are also a good time for those in the energy sector to harvest water for power generation.
Last year, the department predicted that the country would receive normal to above normal rainfall for the 2016/17 rainy season.
The country did not receive good rains in the 2015/16 rainy season resulting in an energy deficit.
However, Zambia managed to record a bumper harvest of 2.7 million tonnes of white maize, the country’s staple food.
In the 2014/2015 farming season the country produced 2,618,221 tonnes of maize.
The country’s annual consumption is slightly over 1.5 million tonnes of the grain.
And six houses have had their roofs blown away in Munali constituency in Lusaka district after a downpour, Lusaka district commissioner Davison Mulenga has said.
Captain Mulenga said in an interview yesterday that out of the six houses, three had their roofs completely blown off while the other three were partially damaged.
“We haven’t recorded any trail of destruction in other areas in terms of houses or homes because so far no one has reported to us apart from those in Munali,” he said.
In Lusaka, heavy rains on Wednesday flooded many roads and rendered many of them impassable for several hours.



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