Tanzania to receive enough long rains - TMA

19Feb 2021
Henry Mwangonde
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Tanzania to receive enough long rains - TMA

MOST parts of the country are expected to receive normal and above normal rains in the long season of ‘masika’ beginning next month until May this year, the weatherman says.

The climate outlook released yesterday by the Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) shows that rains are likely to be normal to above normal over most areas of Arusha, Manyara, Kilimanjaro, Kagera, Geita, Mwanza, Shinyanga, Simiyu, Mara and northern part of Kigoma region (Kakonko and Kibondo districts).

The outlook also shows normal to below normal rains are likely in northern part of Morogoro region, Coast (including Mafia Island), Dar es Salaam and Tanga regions, Unguja and Pemba isles.

“The Masika rains are likely to start early in the fourth week of February particularly over the northeastern highlands and northern coast areas and significant dry spells are likely to occur particularly during the month of May, 2021,” reads the statement in part.

According to the statement signed by acting Director General for TMA Dr Hamza Kabelwa during the period sufficient soil moisture levels are likely to favour crop production including paddy as adequate pasture and water availability for livestock and wildlife may reduce human and animal conflicts.

It is also expected that during the period outbreaks of diseases and pests are expected due to moist conditions and stagnant waters.

“Excessive water in the soil may trigger landslides and cave-ins especially in small-scale mining activities, short periods of heavy rains may be associated with flooding leading to destruction of infrastructures, disruption of socio-economic activities, loss of lives and properties,” the outlook said.

TMA also warned of  likely destruction of transport infrastructure especially over the areas expected to receive normal to above normal rainfall.

The weatherman advised relevant authorities to improve transport infrastructure and take precautions on the expected weather condition during construction of transport infrastructure including railways, roads, ports and airports.

TMA said reduced availability and access to clean and safe water for community utilization may occur in areas where normal to below normal rains are expected and advised relevant authorities responsible for public health and individual’s on necessary health precautions needed to minimize the expected negative impacts on health such as destroying mosquito breeding sites.

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