The Ministry of Natural Resources is warning Malawians to brace for a wave of floods this rainy season.
In a statement signed by Secretary for Natural Resources Yanira Ntupanyama, the ministry refers to a Metrological Services forecast concerning La Nina conditions.
According to the authorities, the anticipated normal-to-above-normal rains coupled with the La Nina will likely result in extreme weather events especially in flood prone areas.
“The ministry would therefore like to issue a general warning to the public about the possibility of flooding in flood prone areas,” reads part of the statement.
The Shire Valley, Domasi, Thondwe, Phalombe, Nkhotakota, Mangochi, Songwe and Karonga are the likely flood hotspots due to possible swelling of Ruo, Shire, Likangala, North Rukuru, Thondwe and Lufirya rivers.
Ntupanyama has since called on people living and cultivating along the mentioned rivers and other places downstream to be alert during the rainy season.
Meanwhile, scores of households have been rendered destitute by flashfloods in Paramount Chief Lundu’s area in Chikwawa, following heavy rains that were experienced overnight on Wednesday evening in several parts of the southern highlands.