Chitipa Anticipates Near Normal Rainfall in 2023-2024
Chitipa District Commissioner Macmillan Magomero has requested that the Department of Disaster Management Affairs allocate resources to the district for timely and efficient disaster response.
Chitipa, Malawi - The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has revealed that Chitipa district can expect near-normal rainfall amounts for the 2023-2024 season, lasting between 126 and 135 days, with the rains expected to commence during the last week of November, writes Patricia Kayuni.
During a rainfall season awareness meeting held in Chitipa, Principal Meteorologist Paulosi Mughogho highlighted that the district's rainfall patterns would be influenced by El Nino. He further cautioned that moderate dry spells of fewer than 8 days might occur in certain areas of the district in January.
Mughogho stressed the importance of adhering to the daily and weekly forecasts provided by the department.
This will help farmers and the general public plan effectively and mitigate potential disasters associated with the fluctuating weather conditions.
Edwin Zawanda, the Principal Disaster Preparedness Officer at the Department of Disaster Management Affairs, urged communities in Chitipa and Karonga to take precautionary measures due to the possibility of floods in some areas within the two districts, as indicated in the forecast.
Chitipa District Commissioner Macmillan Magomero has requested that the Department of Disaster Management Affairs allocate resources to the district for timely and efficient disaster response when necessary.