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January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:14 pm

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby weesy » Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:19 pm

WOW we sit from afar and cry for our beloved Kruger and all she represents.. The animals will go to higher ground and nature will take its course with the weakest. Yes most of us know its mankind fault for messing up the ozone layer but that does not explain human suffering. Those pics of the helecopters dropping off the staff is so poignant..and i feel for them all. Thank you SAAF for intervening in times of need and our thoughts are with those who have lost everything. You have your lives...and we can only wish u well...there will be those who help. lets rally together to support them and their families.. :gflower: :gflower:
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:26 pm

Grant Knight/SANParks' pic that weesy refers to:

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shing2 staff rescued by SAAF by dinkybird, on Flickr
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby spargish » Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:31 pm

Shocking Pictures :big_eyes: Well Done to the SAAF and all the Kruger staff that worked to save lives at Shing
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby RosemaryH » Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:35 pm

The pic's are devastating - what the folk at Shingwedzi must have gone through???? :big_eyes:

RobertT, the exact thought about the chairs went through my mind :) They have been around for years and they always seem to stay put. I noticed the exact same thing (the chairs) at Tshokwane in the 2012 floods. It was closed they were rebuilding just about everything and the old faithful chairs were waiting on the outskirts of Tshokwane to be put back in their places - amazing!!

indeed spargish. A huge :thumbs_up: to each and everyone of them!!
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby chukhamila » Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:41 pm

Pics taken by Grant Knight from SANParks:

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:11 pm

I've been following here all along. The damage as shown by the pictures is just UNBELIEVABLE! :shock: And to think - there was talk on this forum of Shingwedzi closing down due to drought in December - how ironic! :?

Are there any pics of Wilderness' Pafuri Camp? Is the place still standing? So glad I went in Sept 2012...
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby johanrebel » Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:02 pm

Some more pictures from die verre noorde, as promised.

The following three pictures were all taken around 3 p.m. yesterday, January 21st.

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H1-9 Tar road (well, former tar road), looking south towards Luvuvhu Bridge.

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As above, looking southeast.

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As above, looking east. Note pieces of tar floating around.

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Limpopo River. The river itself is in the background. The line of trees sticking up is the riverine gallery forest (note how tiny the big Baobabs look!), in the foreground is what used to be the series of pans on the floodplain, now one huge lake!

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby iLoveMeerkats! » Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:08 pm

Thanks to everyone who is helping all of us understand what is going on. I am absolutely heartbroken to see these pictures. So so sad. Shingwedzi is my favorite camp.

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Nicolette » Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:44 pm

I am so proud of the people who went in and rescued everyone. I cant believe the devastation. I know the North needed water but this seems impossible to imagine. I hope it can be turned around and repaired. SHingwedzi was one of the old and historical camps. If I was not so far away I would be there too helping. Still anything that can be done please let us all know.
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:31 pm

From Facebook:

Michelle Van Der Merwe (SANParks Regional Tourism Manager)
what a heartbreaking visit to Shingwedzi camp today. A true miracle that no lives were lost. All the staff were taken their today in the hope that they can collect some personal belongings, but with no success. These people have nothing left! Emotional and sad to witness!
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:34 pm

That is just so tragic! :cry:
but thankfully no lives have been lost which is what I guess we should be grateful for.
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Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger - question for DB &

Unread postby cheetahlady » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:35 pm

Hi DB and Lesego

Do the staff need help in replacing their belongings? For some, it may be the second time in as many years that they have been flooded out.

Is there an official fund ( SANParks or Hon. rangers) that we can contribute to ( via PayPal if possible) to assist staff in replacing their stuff?

Not sure if they are covered by Sanparks insurance.

Please let us know for those who want to contribute ( ESP those of us too far away to donate clothing etc ).

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