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More flooding expected as dams take strain

2012-01-19 18:10

Johannesburg - People living downstream of dams in Mpumalanga, Swaziland and southern Mozambique have been warned of more floods as dams overflow, the water affairs department said on Thursday.

A disaster management team was in Mpumalanga to help local authorities restore basic services to flooded communities.

Department spokesperson Linda Page said the Komati and Crocodile Rivers had risen substantially, but had not burst their banks.

The Driekoppies Dam was overflowing while Maguga Dam, on the Komati River in Swaziland, was almost 100% full.

"Affected communities downstream of the dams are being warned to move to safety on higher ground," she said. Some families had already been evacuated.

The Olifants river, on the border with Mozambique, was expected to reach its flood peak during the night or early on Friday.

"An alert has been issued to Mozambique warning of increased flow and possible flooding."

The Sabie River at Kruger Gate was subsiding while the Komati River was flowing strongly, but not overflowing.

The SA Weather Service had forecast a 30% chance of showers and thunder showers over the next 24 hours.

"We understand that the flooding was due to a tropical low pressure system that developed over the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar," Page said.

This low pressure system moved inland over the southern part of Mozambique, entering South Africa on Monday from Maputo.

The system, which brought heavy rain, covered the entire coastal region from northern KwaZulu-Natal to the northern areas of Limpopo.

Comments
  • Squeegee - 2012-01-19 18:41

    Hope someone can get to these people to warn them. Its not as if they have email and internet.

      John - 2012-01-19 19:07

      I remember the 2000 Floods in Mozambique. The Red Cross gave blankets and rubber ducks - that is rubber boats with engines, to Mozambique. The Mozambican government of Chissano? Guebuza? locked the aid material in warehouses, and refused to open. Red Cross members had to break the locks to get the rescue material out. While Xai-Xai and Chokwe were flooded, the pequeninos of the Frelimo government officials were selling Red Cross Blankets in Maputo. The Frelimo government stole the boats and the SA Air Force had to go and pluck people out of trees. In those days, a Puma helicopter run at R4 000 per hour. A rubber duck cost R8 000, to buy, and a couple of R100's per hour. South Africa paid for the saving of the Mozambican People. Frelimo sold the blankets. Thieves!

  • John - 2012-01-19 19:09

    I remember the 2000 Floods in Mozambique. The Red Cross gave blankets and rubber ducks - that is rubber boats with engines, to Mozambique. The Mozambican government of Chissano? Guebuza? locked the aid material in warehouses, and refused to open. Red Cross members had to break the locks to get the rescue material out. While Xai-Xai and Chokwe were flooded, the pequeninos of the Frelimo government officials were selling Red Cross Blankets in Maputo. The Frelimo government stole the boats and the SA Air Force had to go and pluck people out of trees. In those days, a Puma helicopter run at R4 000 per hour. A rubber duck cost R8 000, to buy, and a couple of R100's per hour. South Africa paid for the saving of the Mozambican People. Frelimo sold the blankets. Thieves!

      Ntsiki Mdeni - 2012-01-19 20:53

      Thats disgusting. To imagine a lady had to give birth on a tree! Evil!! I hope it doesnt get to that

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