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Flood-hit Kruger Park reopens

2012-01-20 12:34

Johannesburg - The Kruger National Park has reopened its gates after severe flooding damaged roads, cutting off dozens of tourists, officials said on Friday.

"Everything is back to normal now, all the gates have been opened. We are receiving visitors again," park spokesperson William Mabasa said.

Heavy rains this week pounded the northern part of the country for days, forcing park officials to evacuate 60 visitors who were stranded on safari drives.

"The mop-up operation is still continuing, some roads were temporarily fixed yesterday," said Mabasa.

The Kruger Park attracts 1.3 million visitors every year from all over the world.

Mabasa said no animals were affected by the flooding.

No deaths or serious injuries were reported, though six foreign tourists - four Italian and two British - were washed away in their car and had to be taken to park doctors for treatment, he said.

In neighbouring Mozambique, five people died and about 4 000 homes were flooded as the storm swept across the region.

Comments
  • bennievanderwesthuizen - 2012-01-20 19:00

    Gates that are closed •Crocodile Bridge Gate •Giriyondo Border Post •Phabeni Gate Further details will follow. Issued by: South African National Parks (SANParks) Communications Emergency Numbers: Media enquiries: Reynold “Rey” Thakhuli – GM: Media Liaison & Stakeholder Relations, SANParks Tel: 012 426 5203 Cell: 0733734999 email: rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org Gabrielle "Gabby" Venter - Manager: Media Liaison & Stakeholder Relations, SANParks Tel: 012 426 5065 Cell: 0826964724 email: gabrielle.venter@sanparks.org THIS WAS ISSUED 12H00 ON 20 Jan ?????

  • Maureen - 2012-01-21 13:06

    We were at the Olifants Camp besides the torrential rain we had no power. We wish to thank the Eskom Technicians from Phalaborwa for braving the storm and floods to come out and repair the electricity in our area... BIG THANKS ESKOM.. The SANPark game ranger that had their time cut out trying to reassure the guests, plus those we met along the road busy with the mop up operations... BIG THANKS to All for your dedication.

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