The Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry and the Meteorological Services Department have issued a statement saying heavy rainfall (in some areas exceeding 50mm in 24 hours), is expected across the country from Monday (09/12/19) till Thursday (12/12/19).
The statement reads:
WHAT TO DO: Caution on the roads: flash
flooding and or gushes of water may lead to treacherous road conditions. Do not attempt to cross flooded rivers.
Visibility may also be compromised during heavy downpours. During storms: Avoid metal objects and tall isolated trees. Where possible stay indoors
HOW?: From Monday 09 through Thursday 12 December 2019, widespread rains are expected across the country, with heavy falls in some places.
Of note, on Monday, parts of Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, Masvingo Provinces, as well as the Midlands Province are forecast to receive heavy rains in excess of 50mm in 24 hours which may result in flash flooding.
These heavy rains may also be accompanied by hail, strong winds and lightning. Similar conditions should spread north-eastward to affect all Mashonaland Provinces as well as Harare Metropolitan by Tuesday 10 December.
From Friday, the rains should steadily ease off giving way to bright and showery conditions in most areas, with a high likelihood of localized heavier falls over Mashonaland East into northern parts of Manicaland.
NB: Uprooting of trees, flooding of river and streams as well as damage to infrastructure is likely with this type of rainfall intensity.