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Chalane no longer threat to Malawi

The threat of Cyclone Chalane is over for Malawi as weather forecasters have announced that the storm died down in Zimbabwe.

Earlier predictions showed that the Tropical Cyclone was set to hit the country in the past three days after landing in Mozambique on Wednesday.

There were fears of flooding in some parts of the country as the Cyclone would have brought heavy stormy rains for seven days.

Disaster Management authorities already deployed search and rescue teams to flood prone areas in readiness for the weather hazard.

But in a latest statement, Director of Meteorological and Climate Change Services Jolam Nkhokwe has revealed that from Mozambique the Cyclone moved to Zimbabwe instead of Malawi.

According to Nkhokwe, the Chalane low pressure system has now moved to Botswana, implying that Chalane is no more a threat to Malawi.

Climate change projections indicate a likely increase in the frequency of tropical cyclones of high intensity which will further exacerbate their effects, in particular flooding due to increased rainfall.

He however states that ex-Chalane low pressure systems continue to strengthen the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone and Congo air mass over southern Africa thereby enhancing rainfall that can cause flooding in Malawi.

“Climate change projections indicate a likely increase in the frequency of tropical cyclones of high intensity which will further exacerbate their effects, in particular flooding due to increased rainfall,” warned Nkhokwe.

he has since disclosed that the department will continue monitoring weather developments in the Indian Ocean particularly on developments of Tropical Cyclones to keep the Malawi nation well informed.

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