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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:16 am 
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johanrebel wrote:
Thank you, I appreciate your concern. Funny thing is that I'm actually out on the North Sea at the moment, in a force 9 blizzard! While you are getting washed out on your side of the equator, snow is trying to shut us down on this side.

Information from Pafuri is sparse at the moment, but I'm doing my best to get an update and pictures, hopefully by tomorrow, Monday.

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Technology!! :big_eyes: We are so far apart and still trying to cope with nature's moods. Nature will keep us humble. :pray:

I heard now on the news that 200mm has fallen again in the Pafuri area.. and the Mutale river (a tributary of the Levhuvhu) is normally 3m wide.. at the moment it is 150 m wide :slap:

It seems that the most northern area is worse than southern area... My heart goes out to all in the area.. I am especially thinking of Frank at Pafuri picnic spot and Pafuri Camp. Another 90mm is forcasted for tonight...

I wish I could fly like an eagle to view this..... :rtm:

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Olifants river running strongly below camp. Lots of rain and wind last night.....calming down a bit now and not actually raining. Connection too slow to allow photos, sorry.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Also know that today they are arranging to get food up to the staff stranded in the northern area. Those in flooded camps/picnic sites have been evacuated, but still cannot get out easily.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Just seen a pic of Letaba high-level bridge at 01h00 this morning, where the river is finally going over it.

Scary stuff!

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Jacaranda Radio Station is reporting rescue mission at Shingwedzi due to 70 people being trapped by high water levels. Hope they all safe.


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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Jaco V and Reinette's pics taken two hours ago this morning - at Letaba. You can see the 2000 flood level mark in the camp and at the high water bridge. The high water bridge is flooded.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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SL, everything is still fine according to a friend of mine from Letsitele, but the Tzaneen and Ebenheser dams are overflowing. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Here is an insert that was on the tv news here in SA - it gives a good idea of how powerful those rivers in flood are. And a little bit on the KNP.

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Wow, one can hardly believe what you are seeing!
To see the Letaba high level bridge being flooded gives you some idea of how high the river has actually risen.
My heart goes out to all those in dire straits in the flooded areas.

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One wonders how these bridges hold up with the pounding they are getting, one weak spot and gone. Scary to see all that water rushing over the bridge.

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:big_eyes: A month ago when we crossed that bridge there was almost no water!


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The bridges are pretty strong but often what causes their demise is when a large tree/s gets washed against them, or a build up of debris washed down the river.

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Scipio, WildCard has advised that Shingwedzi has in fact been closed, as ell as Sirheni and Shimuwini. So my earlier report was correct. Staff members that were rescued and transported to Mopani


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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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Sounds like all but 2 bungalows are under water.

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