TMA: Brace for heavy rains

DAR ES SALAAM: THE Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) has warned of a heavy downpour in eight regions for three consecutive days from Monday this week.

The regions are Morogoro, Lindi, Mtwara, Iringa, Mbeya, Songwe, Njombe and Ruvuma.

“Expected impacts are localised floods over few areas and disruption of some economic activities,” the TMA said in the statement issued on Monday evening over the weather forecast report for five days in a week.

But, most parts of the country have already been experiencing heavy rains since November last year.

TMA had forecasted that 14 regions in the country would be receiving above normal to normal rainfall during the rainy season from November 2023 to April 2024.

In its weather forecast report for this season last November, TMA said the torrential rains could lead to excessive soil moisture, flooding and crop damage.

The affected regions include the southern part of Morogoro, Iringa, Lindi, Singida and Dodoma; the northern part of Kigoma, Rukwa and Tabora; and Njombe, Songwe, Rukwa, Mbeya, and the northern part of Katavi.

TMA’s Weather Expert Ms Joyce Makwata had said that the first half of the season (November to January) is expected to be wetter than the second half (February to April).

She had also noted that the seasonal rainfall is expected to be influenced by El-Nino.

Ms Makwata urged the public to exercise caution and assured that TMA will maintain 24-hour monitoring of the weather, providing regular updates to the public.

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