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
• Crocodile Bridge
• Makhadzi Picnic Spot
• All trails camps and Wilderness SafarisGates Closed
• Crocodile Bridge
• Punda Maria
• Giriyondo Port of Entry
• Pafuri Port of EntryRoads 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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