The Meteorological Services Department of Zimbabwe (MSDZ) has warned of heavy rain and flash flooding in the southern and eastern parts of the country from today up to February 15.

In a statement yesterday, the MSD said there will be localised heavy rains in excess of 50mm with lightning and hailstorms in some places and people should watch out for blown-off rooftops, loose debris and fallen trees due to strong winds.

“Watch out for open drains and potholes that may be covered in water. Stay indoors during thunderstorms unless if it is an emergency,” said the MSDZ.

It added that the rain may affect outdoor activities and people should plan with that in mind.

“Travel should be minimised, but if it is too necessary, people should exercise caution on the roads as visibility may be reduced and there may be hidden flood dangers,” said the MSDZ.

People have also been discouraged from crossing flooded rivers on foot or in vehicles.

The department added that further updates will be availed in due course.

Early last month, a trail of destruction was experienced in some provinces as heavy rain and strong winds left people dead and damaged properties.