The Department of Climate Change and Metrological Services says Rumphi District will receive normal rains in 2018/19 season if the current rainfall forecast is anything to go by.
Chief agriculture meteorologist Adams Chavula said this on Friday when he briefed Rumphi District Executive Committee members and other stakeholders on rainfall forecast for the district.
He said the district is expected to start receiving rains between December 14 and 22 for a period of 112 to 120 days.
“Although the planting season is in December, it is the same month the district is likely to receive below normal rainfall, but generally the district will receive enough rains,” Chavula said.
He said it is important to know the rainfall forecast as it helps stakeholders identify the possible hazards for risk reduction.
“The forecast provides early disaster warning information and helps different stakeholders at different levels to plan ahead in case of disasters regardless of the anticipated normal rains,” he said.
In his remarks, Rumphi District Council Department of Disaster and Management Affairs (Dodma) desk officer Alufeyo Mhango said the district has already developed contingency plans to respond to and reduce disaster impacts within the 2018/2019 rain season.