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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:37 pm 
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hilda wrote:
I can just imagine the state of shock the staff who lost everything are in! We will keep an eye open for when, where and how donations can be made to bring a little bit of relief to them! You are all in our prayers! :pray:


I can only agree with you Hilda! :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:41 pm 
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Hey Mods, by the looks of it the Mites and VHRs could and want to help in all sorts of ways!

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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It is so that all donations to SANParks are strictly controlled and we appreciate that. But the people on the ground cannot wait for the forces in power to make decisions. The need is there and assistance is needed now. I was a member of the Round Table organization and we always had an emergency fund, which was used when the need arose, like the tornado of 1990. I am sure that many Tables will be quick to pull out the cheque books. The procedure to get approval takes 10 minutes.

Just a thought.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Rooies, absolutely agree with you. I am also a member of Round Table and im sure that if enough motivation is put through that some form of assistance will be forthcoming. Who can we contact to arrange this?

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Just got a full report on Pafuri Camp. Suffice it to say that it left me speechless. Can't post any pictures here. Sorry.

At the highest point, the water level was estimated to have reached 2.4 m above the floodplain.

Johan


Thanks for the update Johan. That is unbelievable! Is Pafuri Camp still standing? It was such a special place... But with the pics of the Levhuvu I've seen here - I'm sure it got some major damage!

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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chukhamila wrote:
How is the KNP board going to decide what is going to take priority to be repaired.

Common since tells me that main roads will be 1st priority to all the main camps, and then the camps will follow!

Can any mods verify how this will work? Reason for me asking; I’m staying in KNP very soon, and need to know how to move my current accommodation from Tamboti to either Orpen or Satara. And by when should I do this?

Last year when Tamboti had problems, Reservations contacted the affected customers and gave them options. Reading the reports from Lesego, it hasn't been as badly affected this year.

I know some people staying in Shingwedzi this weekend have already been moved.

We will ask the question.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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johanrebel wrote:
Just got a full report on Pafuri Camp. Suffice it to say that it left me speechless. Can't post any pictures here. Sorry.

At the highest point, the water level was estimated to have reached 2.4 m above the floodplain.

Johan

Thanks as ever for your updates. 2.4m is the only thing I need to know.
Frankly, I cannot compute that (I can exactly visualise it in many many spots); its that bad.

My fear is the current would get strong enough to knock down some of the trees which survived 2000; and surely the gravel road along the Levuvu will have caved into the river in some spots. Hope I'm wrong.


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Drove to the H14 causeway today, which is still closed.
Work already being carried out.......well done SANparks. :clap:

it was a very eerie drive......hardly any animals and no other cars..

Here is a photo.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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zivvy&muffin wrote:
Thanks as ever for your updates. 2.4m is the only thing I need to know.
Frankly, I cannot compute that (I can exactly visualise it in many many spots); its that bad.
I can visualise it, as I have a picture which illustrates it exactly. I'll see if I can get permission to post it here.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Bushbuddies wrote:
Is Pafuri Camp still standing?
Depends on how you look at it! As you probably know, most of the camp was constructed on raised decks. In a way that's an advantage, as it kept most of the camp above the layers or silt and mud that were deposited by the floodwaters, but where the decks were undermined . . .

I do not have the full picture yet. It looks like some rooms may still be standing more or less intact, but both pools were completely washed away, the big lounge lapa has partially collapsed, boardwalks reduced to matchsticks in places, stone walls to rubble, vehicles rolled down the floodplain like Matchbox cars, etc.

On the other hand, structures away from the river and long stretches of boardwalk seem to have escaped unscathed.

Then you have the generator, water tanks, and so forth. Will take a while to assess everything thoroughly.

So far, the carcasses of about 10 impala have been found draped across boardwalks and in other places within camp, i.e. a strech of just over a km along one bank of the Luvuvhu. Makes you wonder what else is lying out there.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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We were due to arrive at Punda on Saturday and stay in Shingwedzi on Sunday .
I contacted Joep this evening and within a few minutes we had an alternative itinerary worked out.
Excellent organisation and customer service in difficult times.
Thank you Joep! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Just found this and what devastation. Unbelievable in the north and south.
Hope all are safe.

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Sanparks doing a sterling job again in difficult times! :clap:

If I had reservations for affected camps in the near future I reckon it would be best to take the initiative and ring reservations to sort out an alternative rather than waiting to be contacted.

:gflower: to all staff going above and beyond in response to the floods. Hope things can return to normal ASAP.

Condolences to the Pafuri Camp people, hope you too, get back on your feet and rebuilding and repairs go smoothly. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: January 2013 Rains/Floods in Kruger
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Well done to all the staff who have started the cleanup. :clap:

Our thoughts are with all the staff members who have lost everything in the floods especially the staff of my favourite camp Shingwedzi.

It is so sad to see the camp in the state that it is and hopefully they can restore it to a beautiful camp so that we can enjoy it in the future. Very sad to hear that they are not taking bookings for Shingwedzi for a year.

Please let us know if there is any way we can help with donations of any sort.

Lets hope it all goes back to normal as soon as possible.

On another note, I will be in Ponta Malongane in the south of Mozambique in July. Has anybody heard if these floods have affected this area at all?


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This years foto January Floods 2013

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Last Year's photo January Floods 2012

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Lower Sabie, got the pic from twitter

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Looks pretty much the same to me!!

Lets try and stick to new foto's!


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