floods 21.09.10.jpgThe Civil Protection Unit says it has started preparations for any disaster that might occur in the country during the 2010/2011 rainfall season, with a team of experts from the SADC region set to meet next month for deliberations as to how best they can protect the region from effects of extreme weather conditions.

The CPU was responding to the outcome of the Southern Africa regional Outlook Forum (SARCOF) which predicted that the October 2010 to the March 2011 rainfall season is going to be characterised by normal to above normal rainfall.

The 2nd phase of the season is expected to be characterised by extreme weather conditions.

Director for Civil Protection Unit, Mr. Madzudzo Pawadyira said plans are currently underway to prepare those who are in the flood plains on how to react when floods occur.

He said due to the fact that most countries in the Southern African region share some water bodies which might contribute to flooding, SADC has scheduled a meeting which will see member states deliberating on how best to manage the shared corridors.

“At the moment we have put plans in motion and we have teams on the ground which are working on raising awareness on what to do when the floods come.

 

To fund the projects we have partnered with a number of organisations.  On the 10th to the 15th of next month we are going to attend a SADC meeting to discuss on how to manage the shared corridors that we have,” Mr Pawadyira said.

Early this year, incessant rains pounded the northern part of Zambia resulting in the swelling of the Zambezi River which caused some floods in the Kanyemba, Mbire, Muzarabani and Chidodo areas.

The effect of the rains also resulted in the opening of the Kariba flood gates, thereby putting pressure on Lake Caborra Bassa in Mozambique.