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Zimbabwe: Satellite-based flood monitoring boosts disaster response

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A team of scientists led by Amos Murwira, a geo-information science and earth observation professor, have been tracking Zimbabwe's weather and flood events from their lab at the University, and from another station at water regulator Zinwa, using data obtained from the new technology.

Developed over a year, and unveiled mid-2016, the tool tracks water-flow following a rainfall event using satellite, predicting with some precision the likelihood of a flood within a day or so, says Professor Murwira.

That tool has been deployed most effectively since inception, he said, helping institutions such as the CPU respond much quicker to the current deluge.

The flood monitoring mechanism is also being used to track Cyclone Dineo, which entered southern Zimbabwe on Thursday, and was expected to spread northwards and eastwards into usual hotspots like the Save Valley and Muzarabani, with devastating winds and rain of over 100mm in a day.


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  • Publication date 20 Feb 2017

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