By Leo Mkhuwala
As the country is still nursing the negative effects of Tropical Cyclone Idai, weather experts have alerted about the coming of yet another cyclone.
In a statement made by the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services in the Government Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, a deep low pressure system has developed in the Indian Ocean, east of Nkhatabay boma at a distanc e of 1,874 kilometres and is moving west-south-westwards.
The statement dated Monday, April 22, 2019 and has been signed by the Director of Climate Change and Meteorological Services, Jolamu Nkhokwe, indicates that, by Tuesday 23, the deep low pressure system is expected to deepen to pressure value of 1004 millibars and be situated at 10.4 degrees South and 50.3 degrees East at a distance of 1670 kilometers from Nkhatabay boma.
The statement further indicates that the deep low pressure will change its status to that of a Topical Cyclone on Wednesday April 24 and that it will be given a name of Tropical Cyclone Kenneth as per the order on the list of Tropical Cyclone names in the South West Indian Ocean region.
The deep low pressure system which is said to have no direct effect on the weather over Malawi, is however expected to enhance rainfall activities over the country particularly along the Lakeshore areas.
The department is has meanwhile indicated that it is closely monitoring the movement of the deep low pressure system and it’s intensity and will continuously issue updates.
The previous Tropical Cyclone Idai which was also detected by the same department had originated from the same Indian Ocean and had partly wrecked havoc in the southern part of Malawi with hard hitting devastating effects on Mozambican city of Beira and Eastern Zimbabwe.