DMMU cautions people in cyclone-prone areas

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The communities are also advised to take precaution when approaching flooded rivers and avoid crossing on flooded low level bridges during the forecast period.

DMMU communications officer, Racheal Chama, said the Zambia Meteorological Department would continue monitoring the situation and keep the nation updated.

“DMMU will also continuously issue early warning information through SMS, radio and television. Remember, disaster management is the responsibility of everyone,” she said.

A tropical cyclone which was predicted by the Southern African Development Community Climate Services Centre has already hit some parts of neighbouring Malawi, Mozambique and was likely to extend to Zambia and affect Luapula, Northern, Central, Southern, Muchinga and parts of Eastern provinces.

And Ms Chama said in a statement that districts such as Lunga, Chilubi, Luwingu, Mporokoso, Kawambwa, parts of Mansa and Milenge were likely to receive rainfall in excess of 10mm from March 16.

She said the cyclone was likely to make land fall in Zambia from 15th – 20th March 2019, and that it would be characterised by high velocity winds, heavy rainfall storms which may result in flash and localized floods and debris.

“In view of the above, human habitation may collapse rendering people homeless, lives and property may be lost, fields may be submerged, livestock may be affected and crossing points washed away die to the floods,” said Ms Chama.


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