MSD Explains Why ‘Drought-Prone’ Binga Experienced Floods

The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) said that the reason why the usually drought-prone Binga district experienced floods recently is that it is in a flood plain which is more of a low-lying area.

MSD Principal Meteorologist James Ngoma said Binga will likely experience flash flooding whenever there is heavy rainfall on either the Zimbabwean or Zambian side. Said Ngoma:

Despite receiving the least amount of rainfall Binga experienced flash floods because it is in a flood plain which is more of a low-lying area.

It is where the sources of water along areas such as Gokwe, Lupane as well as Hwange going to Zambezi Valley pass through.

Therefore, if heavy rains occur either on the Zambian side or the Zimbabwean side Binga will still be prone to flash floods as a low-lying area.

An elderly man was swept away by the floods while 34 families were evacuated after they were marooned for several hours.

The death and evacuation occurred in Nsungwale area under Chief Sinakoma.

More: Chronicle

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