Heavy rains destroy bridge between Chipata and Chadiza

Heavy rainfall has washed away Chadzombe Bridge in Chadiza district.

Chadiza Central Ward Councillor Richard Mbewe confirmed the development to Breeze News.

Mr Mbewe said that the washed away bridge has cut off the Chadiza-Chipata road forcing motorists to use alternative routes to Chipata.

Mr Mbewe said that the matter has already been reported to relevant authorities adding that the bridge will be worked on soon.

He has advised all motorists not to use the prison road to avoid accidents.

Mr. Mbewe says that the motorists should instead use the old Chadiza-Chipata road.

Meteorological Department dismiss fears over continuous rains

The Meteorological Department in Eastern Province has dismissed fears from some farmers that the continuous rains being experienced might damage their crop.

Provincial Meteorological Officer, John Londolo says that the rains are expected to end in the next four weeks.

Mr. Londolo attributed the current rainfall pattern to ITCZ, Inter Tropical Convergence Zone, which is laying over Eastern Province.

He however, says that the ITCZ is slowly moving to the northern part of the country, which will eventually result in reduced rainfall activities.

Mr. Londolo says that the Meteorological Department predicts that within the next four weeks, the region will start experiencing less and less rainfall activities.

On Friday, some parts of Chipata experienced continuous rains almost the whole day, something which raised concern among some farmers.