Tropical depression Chalane: Tsholotsho; Lupane receive significant amount of rainfall

Tsholotsho and Lupane in Matabeleland North province have received significant amounts of rains as a result of tropical depression Chalane, which hit the country Wednesday, the latest update by the Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has shown.

The cyclone which later downgraded into a tropical depression saw Tsholotsho recording 87mm of rainfall while Lupane received 63mm.

“Tropical depression Chalane has greatly weakened and is now passed,” said the MSD in a statement.

“We continue to monitor specific areas to assess the rainfalls and downstream effects as significant rains occurred along the path of the system. Typical amounts were 87mm (Tsholotsho), 69mm (Chivhu), 63mm (Lupane) 58mm (Chikomba), 54mm (Kwekwe) and 42mm (Mutare).

The MSD said light rains and windy conditions are projected.

“We (the MSD, DCP and ZINWA) will continue to monitor and advise accordingly for the safety of the public.”

The government, local authorities and the Civil Protection Unit (CPU) have been on high alert for the potential disaster, with people in high risk areas such as Manicaland having been evacuated.

The highest stage Chalane reached, according to the MSD, was a tropical storm and not a cyclone.

The MSD however said people should still watch out for flooded rivers, light rain and moderate winds, collapse of huts, houses and trees due to excessive moisture.

“Never attempt to cross fast-flowing or flooded rivers and streams whether walking or driving. Stay indoors wherever possible,” said the MSD.

“Cooperate with members of the civil protection committee for your safety. If you urgently need to travel, take caution on the roads as roads may be slippery and contain hidden dangers covered by water including fallen trees, utility poles and live wires.”

The Bulawayo City Council had also advised residents to be on high alert for the potential natural disaster.

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