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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:24 am 
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Unbelievable! :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Wow, can hardly believe what one sees in those pics!
The damage is going to be enormous. :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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How's that, GlenD? :)

Well it is worse than I thought. Thanks a million for sharing the photos, Imberbe. It is a shocking site. Good luck to everyone over there and my sincere condolences to all of you in shingwedzi.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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I saw a comment on Michelle Van Der Merwe's facebook page (she is Regional Tourism Manager in KNP) that she had not slept all night one of the nights during the floods now. This makes me realise that we at home probably cannot comprehend what goes on in the park at times like this, and how hard the staff and rescue teams do work, and that they probably do not sleep for days. This added to the loss of possessions and homes.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Again thanks to Jaco V for permitting his pics to be posted here:

This morning:
On our way home. Last update from Letaba. Normality is slowly returning. All that remains is the cleanup and repairs. This time the camp was not flooded. Still wondering about the mother hippo with her tiny tiny little baby we saw in front of the restaurant before the flood.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Wow, thanks to Imberbe and all the other people keeping us informed :thanx:

It just shows that Mother Nature is capable to do what ever.........

:pray: My heart goes to everyone and even the animals :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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:big_eyes: :big_eyes: I am speechless :cry: :cry:

:gflower: :k to all at Shing!!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Thanks for those amazing photos, Imberbe. To think that Shingwedzi was crying out for water a couple of months ago - and now this!

I am booked to stay there in mid-March - methinks I will have to change booking to another camp - disappointed as I was looking forward to visiting Shingwedzi again.

Well done to all the SANParks (and Police and Army) during these difficult times.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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I have just seen more pics on facebook of Shingwedzi. I shared them to my facebook page, but the privacy settings of the owner is not allowing the public to view them. I have asked for permission to post them here. They were taken by one of the Kruger pilots.

The water was just below upper door height. There is a pic of where staff made holes in the thatch of the bungalows to climb out through.

The high water bridge has a wash away. Fridges just litter the camp.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Can anyone confirm that the Kanniedood dam is still with us, and that the dam walls didn’t give way seeing that these floods are much more severe then the 2000 floods

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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I just saw a photo of the water ignoring the Kannidood dam wall and taking a detour around it.

The power of water is just jaw dropping. Nothing is stronger and more devastating than water.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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DinkyBird wrote:
I have just seen more pics on facebook of Shingwedzi. I shared them to my facebook page, but the privacy settings of the owner is not allowing the public to view them. I have asked for permission to post them here. They were taken by one of the Kruger pilots.

The water was just below upper door height. There is a pic of where staff made holes in the thatch of the bungalows to climb out through.

The high water bridge has a wash away. Fridges just litter the camp.


More pictures have been uploaded on the SANParks Facebook Page. You can view them here

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Hi guys, check Lesogo's link.

That's where I saw it. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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I have seen photos of the devastation at Pafuri camp.
How is Shimuwini holding up?

Can it be assumed at this stage that Shingwedzi was the hardest hit of all camps?

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Wildtuinman: The fact of the matter is, SANP is going to have to re-assess the high water levels of these rivers and re-design most affected camps and picnic spots accordingly.


Agree with you 100%. Especially Shingwedzi which lies in a floodplain.

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