Scattered rains expected in Botswana after Tropical Storm ANA

Scattered rains are expected over Chobe and Ngamiland in Botswana from today until Saturday after Tropical Cyclone ANA made a landfall bringing heavy rains and strong winds in parts of Mozambique on Monday.

The Botswana Department of Meteorological Services issued a warning to the public. “The depression has now degenerated into easterly waves, from which we expected scattered rains over Chobe and Ngamiland from Thursday the 27th to Saturday the 29th January 2022,” the department said in a statement.

The cyclone resulted in displacements, widespread floods, damages to public infrastructures and private homes as well as interruption of basic services.

According to INGD, the storm already affected 4000 people, 66 people injured and five people killed. A total of 546 private houses were also partially destroyed while 115 were totally destroyed. Moreover, one health center and 16 classrooms were affected.

Due to its north-west movement, its impact was also experienced over some parts of Malawi and Zimbabwe.

The Department said that it wishes to assure the public that it is eagerly keeping a close watch on any developments related to the ex-tropical cyclone and will update the public as and when the need arises.

By Mandisa Magwaza