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January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Mads » Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:16 am

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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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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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby ecojunkie » Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:54 am

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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Unread postby ecojunkie » Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:57 am

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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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby PygmyFalcon » Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:02 am

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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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby angiek » Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:36 am

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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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:56 am

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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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Scipio » Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:28 am

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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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:35 am

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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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:53 am

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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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Carol g » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:14 am

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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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby naomi c » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:30 am

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

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:30 am

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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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby angiek » Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:12 pm

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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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:20 pm

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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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:25 pm

Sounds like all but 2 bungalows are under water.
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