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Zimbabwe: Risks of Flooding Increasing

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Agriculture Reporter

Significantly higher rainfall continues to fall throughout the country with most areas already surpassing 300mm, says the Meteorological Services Department in a mid-season outlook which further predicts, normal to above normal rains over the next three months.

But farmers and others need to take note of the Met Department’s agricultural meteorologist Mr Daniel Kwenda’s warning that risks of flooding were increasing as soils were being soaked while the spillage of dams could result in flooding.

Water supplies has improved and this has resulted in good crop conditions across most areas although there are now fears of water logging and leaching in some areas.

“We are expecting the rains to continue throughout the country. Traditionally January, February and March experience higher rainfall amounts than the first part of the season. So the likely implications in agriculture are that there is a higher likelihood of leaching of nutrients hence split application of fertilizers is encouraged,” he said.

“Water-logging is also expected especially for those areas with poor drainage and wetlands. Flooding incidents are also highly likely due to either dam spillages or increased runoff from the surface. This is because in most places the soil is quite soaked already.

“We are expecting hazards associated with predominantly high rainfall such as flooding because much of the soil in most places is soaked.”