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Rain is here... finally

MARANYANE NGWANAAMOTHO
It started raining this week in some areas of the country PIC: FILE
Help for all forms of life – rain – has finally come. But it was a month after the rainy season started, that dark pregnant rain clouds finally unleashed their torrents on the parched earth and its inhabitants.

This season, Maitengwe village has been the first to record the highest rainfall.

On Monday the north east village registered a high of 154mm followed by Kutamogoree with 150mm.

Numbers however have been different for the southern part of the country, which has recorded only less than 20 mm. 

When speaking to Mmegi yesterday, Senior Meteorologist at the Department of Meteorological Services, Charles Molongwane, said that for the next two days, rain would be moving away from the southern part of the country to the north and western areas of the country.

“Today and tomorrow the rain is expected to be moving towards south central and north-eastern part of the country.

“On Friday and Saturday, the rain will be in Gantsi, Kgalagadi, Chobe and Ngamiland areas.

“In a nutshell, rain is moving away from the south until next week,” he said.

Molongwane said that areas in the south received very little rain; with Otse recording a high of 19 mm.

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Relief to the farmers has, as a result been insignificant.

“It would need an extra 20 mm to make a difference for farmers,” he said, further adding that the dam received absolutely nothing.

Molongwane further explained that even for Maitengwe that had received the highest so far, the impact had been very little for arable farmers, the main reason being that this was a once-off incident.

“They (arable farmers) will need a little more rain for conditions to be favourable for them,” he said.

This rainy season, the north and south are expected to have normal to above normal rains during the October - December period.

Average rainfall in the north is between 120mm and 230mm while it ranges between 90m and 130mm for the west.

The east and the south have been predicted to have normal to above normal rains during October throughout to December. Average rains in the areas range from between 130mm and 180mm.



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