Flood havoc in North West, Kruger Park

2014-03-06 14:26
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Crocodile Bridge Gate and gravel roads in the southern part of the Kruger National Park have been closed due to heavy rains and flooding. Check out these pics.

Johannesburg - Close to 150 households across several villages around Brits were affected by flooding, the North West provincial government said on Thursday.

One hundred houses and roads were flooded in Segwaelane village in Hartbeespoort.

"This was caused by heavy rain and the opening of sluice valves at the Hartbeespoortdam, which was overflowing," said spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele.

Thirteen houses were also affected by floods around the Madibeng local municipality, including Mothotlung, Maboloka, Letlhabile, Bapong, Mmakau, Primindia, and Oukasie, said Kgwele.

Thirty houses were flooded and two other houses reportedly collapsed as a result of flooding in Majakaneng near Mooinooi on Wednesday, Kgwele said.

"The Madibeng local and Bojanala platinum district municipality with the support of the provincial disaster management has provided temporary shelter, blankets, and tents to the affected families," Kgwele said.

Several rivers

An inter-governmental task team had been deployed to co-ordinate the roll-out of relief efforts to the affected people.

These included operations by the social development department, the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa), the public works department, water affairs department, and the SA Police Service.

"The department of public works, roads and transport will also conduct an inspection of the roads and bridges in the affected area," said Kgwele.

Traffic officers would monitor roads and recommend alternative routes to motorists.

Roads, bridges, and camps in the Kruger National Park were also affected on Thursday by the flooding, SA National Parks spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli said.

"All gravel roads in the south of the park and the Crocodile Bridge Gate in the park were also closed," Thakhuli said.

The H10 between Lower Sabie and Tshokwane was also closed.

Thakhuli said the tar road could be used when accessing the S60 road, between Punda and Pafuri.

Skukuza would only be accessible through Phabeni and the Kruger Gate or from the north of the park, and Lower Sabie would be accessible through Phabeni and Kruger Gate or from the north of the park.

The H1/1 road, between Pretoriuskop and Skukuza, was closed and could only be accessed from Numbi Gate, and the H14 could only be accessed through Phalaborwa or Letaba.

Several rivers in the park were flooded, including the Limpopo River and the Crocodile River, Thakhuli said.

The Talamati low-water bridge was also flooded, and the Talamati bush camp and the Biyamiti bush camp were closed.

"All main camps are not affected and the park is still accessible," Thakhuli said.

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