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Flooding - Sudden Shift of Times And Seasons

Weather conditions have grown more unpredictable in recent memory. Times and seasons have changed. Things are not what they used to be and what they ought to be, at least in recent times. The weather patterns have become so inconsistent with looming floods almost every rain season. Increasing temperatures, heating up of formally cold spots on the planet poses a challenge to the way people live now. In short, times and seasons have taken a sudden shift and this is definitely changing the way people live. Droughts, floods and the occurrences of diseases have become a major challenge in today's world. Gone are the days when winter was winter and summer was summer. It is just a different world with weird weather conditions. Like other southern African countries, Zambia has in recent times been affected by droughts and floods. Between December 2006 and March 2007, Zambia was among other southern African countries that experienced massive flooding. The flooding, which left hundreds dead in the region and around 1.25 million homeless, was said to be the worst in living memory. Forecasters said recently that flooding could be expected between January and March 2008 and predicted that almost the areas which were affected last season could experience the same problem this season. Zambia has experienced a number of disasters and the frequency of their occurrence and magnitude has been increasing over the years. For example, drought-induced crop failures between 1986 and 1996 occurred in six out of 10 farming seasons. Scarce national resources have had to be redirected from productive investments to relief and emergency operations.

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