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Flooding causes chaos at Kruger Park

2012-01-18 13:31

Mbombela - South African National Parks (SANParks) issued an urgent warning on Wednesday that certain Kruger National Park gates and roads have been closed as a result of heavy rainfall in the area.

It said that the Phalaborwa, Crocodile Bridge and Giriyondo border post entrance gates have been closed.

Biyamiti Bush Camp, Shimuwini Bush Camp, Talamati Bush Camp and Tshokwane picnic site have also been closed.

Evacuations

The Tinga Private Lodge is being evacuated and guests that were on the Sweni Wilderness Trail have already been evacuated. The SANParks helicopter is currently being used for evacuations where necessary.

The roads between Letaba and Olifants and Letaba and Phalaborwa are not accessible, and all gravel roads and low level bridges must be avoided, SANParks warned.

Letaba camp is without electricity as the generator room flooded.

The causeway on the tar road between Skukuza and Malelane/ Pretoriuskop at Delaporte Waterhole flooded.

The tar road between Nwamanzi Lookout and Olifants River High level bridge on H1-4 has been extensively damaged and closed.

The causeway over Nshawu River on the tar road between Mopani & Letaba (H1-5) flooded, as has the causeway over the Letaba River on the tar road between Mopani and Phalaborwa Gate (H14).

The causeway on the tar road between Letaba and Phalaborwa gate (H9) near Letaba flooded, which resulted in the closure of Phalaborwa gate.

As a result of the above, Olifants and Letaba cannot be accessed at the moment.

SANParks said it will issue further updates on the situation during the afternoon.

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Comments
  • Antipoach - 2012-01-18 13:37

    Hopefully the animals' instinct keeps them safeinthis crazy weather.

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-18 14:22

      @Antipoach:I agree, hope they all safe n sound, and that this give the poachers something else to worry about. @Activity: Wouldn't that be nice, hopefully the crocs get them!

      Hallo - 2012-01-18 14:34

      Yea screw the humans...

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-18 14:50

      @Hallo: Not all the humans, just the sub-human poachers, the rest are cool, hope they safe.

      nasheenar - 2012-01-18 15:29

      Doesnt keep the poachers out though!

      Daan - 2012-01-18 16:14

      It is now commonly believed that rhino poacher's testicles are he ultimate cure against HIV/AIDS.

      Leon - 2012-01-18 21:54

      Looks like there's a few poachers here on News24 by the looks of the two people who disliked Activity Bookings' and Antipoach's comments... @Antipoach and @Activity: I share your sentiments!!

  • Mike - 2012-01-18 13:38

    Hoedspruit is under water. They have had over 200mm since last night and its still coming down. There is severe damage and loss of property.

      eyresa - 2012-01-18 14:35

      People like this???

  • Eloise - 2012-01-18 13:38

    Hi, Urgent help is needed in Hoedspruit!!!!!!!!!! Can anyone with Jetski's & Boat please call this number: 015 799 2350 / 2521 There is people stuck on their houses and their houses are collapsing. PLEASE ASSIST WHERE POSSIBLE!!!!!!!

      Riebens - 2012-01-18 13:52

      I am posting your plea for help on forums I know of frequented by South Africans. Ons gebede met julle mense daar in Hoedspruit en hoop mense kan help wat naby is. Ek het 8 jaar daar gebly, lekkerste tyd van my lewe.

      AngelaG69 - 2012-01-18 13:56

      Somehow, contact the airforce base

      Stack - 2012-01-18 14:17

      apparently the airforce base is being evacuated as well :( Hope you are all ok up there

      Perfume5 - 2012-01-18 14:26

      I have tweeted your message, will post on Facebook as well. I hope the people receive assistance.

      Perfume5 - 2012-01-18 15:18

      My colleague has family residing close to Hoedspruit and apparently they were evacuated just after 11 last night - all they were told to take is their essentials like ID etc and leave everything else behind. I am praying that the people of Hoedspruit will receive all the assistance :(

      frangelico - 2012-01-18 17:09

      Eloise if the animals need saving I'll be there,otherwise count me out.

  • AngelaG69 - 2012-01-18 13:55

    Hoedspruit: flooded up to the Wimpy's Veranda in Hoedspruit. Airforce is on stand by and rescuing Mozambicans. Some Game farms in Timbavati are completely engulfed by surrounding rivers....

      nadia.bouwer - 2012-01-18 16:54

      Simbavati River Lodge in the Timbavati completely flooded. Staff and guests safe and waiting on Airforce Helicopter to fetch them

  • Justin - 2012-01-18 14:02

    There has been over 200mm of rain in the White River area since Monday evening - with more rain expected on the way!

      Richard - 2012-01-18 14:12

      480mm since yesterday midday near Phalaborwa - still pouring

  • Phumi - 2012-01-18 14:08

    One can only hope and pray that our rhinos were evacuated firsts!

      Deon - 2012-01-18 16:03

      This is the wild, only people are evacuated.

      Narike - 2012-01-19 11:14

      I'm astonished by the total lack of updates regarding the animals and their safety... SANParks, hallo... news24... anybody?????

  • Kesaleteng - 2012-01-18 14:10

    I hope some Rhino poachers drown...

      Nitro - 2012-01-18 14:20

      and then crocodiles must eat them

      frangelico - 2012-01-18 17:12

      Kesaleteng the poachers will be in the top tree branches,perfect time to shoot them legally for trespassing.Vermin

  • Jaco.Botha7 - 2012-01-18 14:24

    You can clearly see the intensity of the current rainfall in the Kruger National Park on these satelite image: http://www.weatherphotos.co.za/photos/rain_hours.jpg

      rynhardt.ferreira - 2012-01-18 15:13

      They gonna lock you up for posting this weather report :) But on a serious note. I was in the Kruger in 2000 when they had the floods there. It is insane!! Hope everyone makes it out ok. And the poor animals :(

      Johan - 2012-01-18 15:36

      @Willie - Good question, people are probably just too stupid to use links. I thought it was a good find by Hoopvol. One can clearly see the massive amount of rain that is falling/going to fall there. What is also worrisome is the rain falling in Zimbabwe (which one can clearly see on the map). That rain is going to end up in Mozambique, where a lot of rain is also falling, and the Limpopo causing more floods. Mozambique may be in a lot of trouble.

      Gungets - 2012-01-19 07:13

      Animals will be fine. They just move to high ground, so unless they are fenced, no issue. Only people are dof enough to sit around and watch the water get higher and higher until it is too late. @Willie - if votes are important to you, then you are in the wrong place with News24. Some just vote "down" because they can. I vote mine down just to make sure I am the first :-))

  • Bryan - 2012-01-18 14:26

    Crocs 5- poachers 0

  • cj.venter - 2012-01-18 14:30

    how many ml fell? anybody know?

      Gungets - 2012-01-19 07:16

      "The service said in almost 48 hours 120mm of rain was measured at Phalaborwa, and 270mm at Hoedspruit. Skukuza and surrounding areas saw up to 135mm of rainfall in the last 48 hours." - Quote from News24 and the SA Weather Service. I have heard comments from some places saying over 400mm

  • Sandy - 2012-01-18 14:30

    Gee that is so frightening, those poor animals most probably are so scared, lets pray for everyone's safety I certainly hope the board have done a check list on the visitor;s.

  • Luza - 2012-01-18 14:37

    Will keep YOU in my Prayers!

  • Samantha - 2012-01-18 14:37

    At least now the poachers cant get to the Rhinos- hope the people are ok and saved too

  • yvonnecraig.linton - 2012-01-18 14:37

    whats the situation at KAPARMA

  • Mashudu - 2012-01-18 14:38

    Our thoughts are with everyone in Kruger and Around. May GOD Protect you.

  • leya.likilee - 2012-01-18 14:44

    my word i was there exactly a week ago and wished for a shower to cool it down. now this

      Lynton - 2012-01-18 14:49

      So it's all your fault ;) Just kidding, but just goes to show

  • leya.likilee - 2012-01-18 14:46

    my word.we were at Ngwenya lodge last week and at the park,and wished for a shower to cool down now this

  • Tgif - 2012-01-18 14:48

    I hope some Rhino poachers get swept away, throw the a Rhino horn as a flotation device !!!!!!!

  • Cina - 2012-01-18 14:54

    Jis it is not nice. Hope everybody is ok. My prayers are with you all.

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-01-18 15:32

    This could be the moment for Rhino killers, Park guys should be very alert

  • Bruce - 2012-01-18 15:40

    With the new legislation all these e-mails will soon be illegal!

  • aruan999 - 2012-01-18 15:45

    is this part of the 2012 changeover starting? More to follow weather wise all over earth, and also POWER STRUGGLES (starting now in SA!)and many more overturning events. We shall be redeemed from our perception that we are in charge of all...and of our God & gods concept!

  • Adrian - 2012-01-18 15:46

    lets hope it washes some of those poachers away

  • Beverley - 2012-01-18 16:22

    I really hope the animals have already moved to higher grounds and yes I hope all the poachers drown along with Chinese behind the poaching.

  • Bennie - 2012-01-18 16:31

    Whats Green , and 20 eyes? a tree in Mozambique!!

  • etafrica - 2012-01-18 16:49

    hopefully all the Bl&*(() weeds are being flushed away so that the animals can live in the river again!!

  • david.arundel - 2012-01-18 17:51

    Let's hope the floods catch plenty of poachers

  • wooshie72 - 2012-01-18 18:51

    Was at Shimuwini and Sirheni last week. Good timing I suppose, but what a spectacle it must be! I see Punda Maria and Shingwedzi aren't affected... I hope the north got some rain though, they really need some!

  • Bill - 2012-01-18 19:00

    stay safe as possible

  • Lynette - 2012-01-18 22:34

    Maybe the floods will rid us of poachers! To those good people affected by the floods...hope you safe!

  • monicapsychoeva.molapisi - 2012-05-15 20:15

    god this is so depressing all the developed countries should take the blame for whatever we are/bound to face , they should pay.

  • Zee - 2012-06-06 11:54

    What was the cause of the problem in the environment?

      sandilethembelani - 2012-08-06 12:32

      it you zee ask me why isay so

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