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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:25 pm 
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Sounds like all but 2 bungalows are under water.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:29 pm 
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UPDATE ON RAIN SITUATION IN THE KNP

Members of the KNP Disaster Committee met early this morning to assess the impact of the heavy rain in the Kruger National Park (KNP).
Members briefed the committee of their initial inspections and assessment regarding roads, water and sewer, vehicle fleet, electrical and mechanical as well Protection through the Operation Centre that has been set up in the Park.
There have been no reports of any major incidents throughout the park except the ones listed below.
Tshokwane: Low level bridge to staff and ranger houses were reported as over flowing resulting in staff personnel trapped at picnic site and others at living houses, but their lives are not threated.
Olifants and Sweni trails: Eleven tourists who were trapped at these trails have been safely airlifted to Satara.
Tamboti: The camp is isolated with 8 guests and staff including the section ranger. The water levels are being constantly monitored and a rescue plan will be executed to airlift them to Satara.
Talamati, Biyamiti: The camps have been closed and guests moved to the safety of Satara and Berg en Daal.
Houtboschrand: Four patrol rangers and a SANDF unit are stuck in the area, they are in constant contact with the Section Ranger and will be assisted.
Muzanzene: Four guests and one staff member have been air lifted to safety.
Shingwedzi: All guests were evacuated to Mopani last night. 70 staff members are currently being evacuated.

ROADS
H1/1 link road between Skukuza and Pretoriuskop has been closed off due to the heavy current over the low level bridge.
Crocodile Bridge Gate is overflowing and as a result the camp has been isolated and no cars are allowed through.
Lucy Nhlapo: Regional Manager Marula: KNP has reiterated her appeal to all visitors to the Park to stick to the tarred roads as all gravel roads have been closed for safety reasons.
At this stage all is still in order at the Skukuza Rest Camp, the biggest in the Park, with the Nwatsishaka river level slowly rising but flowing steadily, however the low level bridge is currently closed as water is overflowing at high velocity, while the high level bridge is being constantly monitored.
NORTHERN PART OF KNP:
The Northern part is still experiencing heavy downpours and the bush camps are still out of bounds. Visitors are still urged to drive only on tarred roads.

Camps and Facilities Closed

• Sirheni,
• Shimuwini,
• Shingwedzi
• Bateleur
• Boulders
• Tamboti
• Talamati
• Muzanzane
• Biyamiti
• Crocodile Bridge
• Makhadzi Picnic Spot
• All trails camps and Wilderness Safaris

Gates Closed

• Crocodile Bridge
• Orpen
• Punda Maria
• Pafuri
• Giriyondo Port of Entry
• Pafuri Port of Entry

Roads Closed

• H1 – 2 Sand River & Sabie Low water bridge – alternatively motorists can use H12
• H1/1 link road between Skukuza and Pretoriuskop has been closed off due to low level bridge overflowing.
• H1-1 – Pretoriouskop to Malelane T-Junction
• H10 – Lower Sabie to Tshokwane
• H7 – Satara to Orpen
• H1 – 9 – Pafuri entrance to Punda
• H15 – Punda Maria to Shingwedzi
• H1 – 6 Letaba to Mopani
• Nwaswitshaka low level bridge.

o NB: All gravel roads in the park have been closed off for safety and motorists are requested to stay on tarred road.

“Generally our emergency plans are running accordingly and we’re constantly monitoring the developments, if anyone requires an update, our emergency 24hour hotline is available 013 735 4325. Please call to check on the conditions in the area you intend visiting” concluded Lucy Nhlapo.
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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:43 pm 
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Reading the media release - all I can say is wow, things are hectic in the park.

Thoughts are with those stranded and those doing the rescue work.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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I guess that the Kruger National Park will start reviewing "The Great Kruger Floods". So much for the every 50 to 100 years of great floods to hit the region.

If memory serves me correct, this is the 6 major flooding that has hit the Kruger National Park since the floods of 2000?

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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315 mm at Pafuri over the last 48 hours.

Ladies and gentlemen, behold the Luvuvhu River!

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Top picture taken somewhere between Pafuri Camp and Maluteni, i.e. in the vicinity of Luvuvhu Bridge.

Edited to add that the second pic is looking west, just upstream of Luvuvhu Bridge. Looks like what is colloquially known as Pumphouse Bend in the middle distance on the left, but under the circumstances it is pretty hard to tell what on earth is what. Or maybe I should say wet?

Both pictures taken yesterday, January 20, by the way.

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Looking at photos, I cannot believe the damage in the north. The Pafuri tar road from the gate is no more. Completely washed away.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Thanks Johan, you are a star!! :clap:

I just heard on the radio that the Sashe river is overflowing and that water will only reach SA in 24 hours... thus is this not the end....

My prayers is with every body in Northern Kruger and Mapungubwe area... :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Scipio wrote:
The area is a historical floodplain, it will heal, In my opinion, all this water is part of its healing
Absolutely, from an ecological perspective this is nothing short of marvelous, except of course for all the junk being washed down the rivers from outside the park. There was still stuff lying around from the 2000 floods 12 years later.

Pafuri Camp is fortunately all on stilts with boardwalks connecting all buildings. These boardwalks are up to their chins in water, so to speak, but still standing. In helicopter pics I can even see one of the pools shimmering, surrounded by muddy floodwaters.

I doubt the H1-9 has been completely destroyed, the floodplain is only a couple of kilometers wide, from there the ground rises.

The Limpopo has apparently breached its banks, flooding not only the pan system that runs parallel to its southern bank, but also the slightly higher Fever Tree and Lala Palm forests in between. That's up to 2½ km in places. It the flooding is as extensive on the Zimbabwean side, it would be up to 5 km wide. Now that's impressive!

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GlenD wrote:
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HR's phoned me now. Shingwedzi is destroyed, people were evacuated and the BBW is moved to Satara.

I do not have full details on this, but 3 cars were washed away. The driver of one vehicle is still missing. Hope and pray that he is ok.


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Hi WTM
Destroyed in my mind means a completely flattened pile of rubble. Are you saying that or is it merely flooded out?
I appreciate that news is hard to come by at this stage but any more details would help calm some nerves here
:shock:
Thanking you all for the updates.


Sorry Glen, I am not there, so cannot comment, but in my mind, evacuating a camp like Shingwedzi completely and have cars washed out of the camp leaving all but 2 bungalows under water means "destroyed".

I don't think I want to see photos of the destruction.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Elsa wrote:
I think most of us are in a state of shock and disbelief, almost not believing what we are hearing and seeing. :shock:


True Elsa, I cant believe some of the pictures.

To think I was standing on the Letaba bridge two weekws ago and now its being flooded over by the river.


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Dear Friends & Supporters,

As I archive photographs of these type of events for SANParks, please forward pictures taken in any of the affected parks (Kruger and Mapungubwe) to me at joep.stevens@sanparks.org

Please forward in highest possible resolution and provide details such as name of photographer, date & time and place (if possible). These are kept under the name of the photographer, and if ever used, that person will be acknowledged.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Just heard that on the southern side the Luvuvhu has now reached the tar road to the boarder post!!! That's way beyond the 2000 flood level marker. From the northern Luvuvhu Bridge, under which the river normally runs, the distance to the border tar T-junction is 1.68 km, off the top of my head.

Air Force allegedly now evacuating the Pafuri border post by helicopter.

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I have just received this pic from Raymond Khosa from Berg en Dal. It is of Croc Bridge. I am not sure when he took the pic, I have asked him.

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I wonder how long will this new bridge at Crocodile bridge last seeing that the previous attempts of rebuilding that bridge didn’t fair as well... :mrgreen:
It survived the floods of last year very well with barely a scratch so lets hope it will do the same this year.

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Hey 'mites :)

We have posted a few pictures from the heavy rain in the KNP on the South African National Parks' Facebook Page.
You are free to visit and like our page as well as comment on the pictures of the floods.

For those of you who would like to view the pics, please click here and you will be re-routed to the page. :thumbs_up:

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