Mpumalanga assesses flood damage
Mbombela - Tankers will provide water to Mpumalanga residents after several treatment plants were affected by heavy rains this week, the province's department of co-operative governance said on Thursday.
Residents supplied by the Ntunda, Sibange, Langeloop and Masibekela water treatment plants would be provided with water, said spokesperson Simphiwe Kunene.
Department head David Mahlobo and Nkomazi mayor Thuli Khoza had conducted an assessment of flood damage in Nkomazi, he said.
The areas most affected are Tonga, Block A, B and C, Masibekela, Driekoppies, Mangweni, Steenbok, Naas, and Sibange.
"Fourteen families have been affected and need relocation, while 16 families were affected without needing to be relocated," Kunene said.
All the families would receive food parcels and blankets.
The municipality posted signs to redirect traffic on roads and bridges deemed unsafe after heavy rains on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Kunene said his department would engage with the department of public works and the SA National Roads Agency Limited to repair damage, such as debris and potholes caused by the flood.
Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park was also affected, with all gravel roads closed on Wednesday due to flooding, SA National Parks spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli said.
Camps including Biyamiti, Olifants, Crocodile Bridge, Tamboti and Imbali Concession Lodge were rendered inaccessible by the rising water.
"Lower Sabie and Skukuza are cut off and precautionary evacuations [were] carried out on low lying areas, which include staff accommodation [and] river view chalets," Thakhuli said.
Some guests had to be evacuated to accommodation outside the game reserve.
According to SANParks on Thursday morning, the following
camps have been affected:
Crocodile Bridge - camp fine, as water stopped 50m from
Lower Sabie - 6 tents had to be evacuated. No units flooded.
Water level outside fence
Skukuza - No damage to rest camp. Water on fence line. One
house in staff village flooded. Flood damage at Skukuza Nursery
Tshokwane picnic site - flooded
Balule - flooded
Letaba - staff village flooded, camping site, swimming
pool and filling station flooded
Talamati - still cut off due to flood damage
Biyamiti - still cut off. No flood damage
Shimuwini - still cut off. No flood damage
Berg en Dal - fine
All other camps are unaffected.
Pafuri E/Gate down to Mopani is fine
Mopani – Phalaborwa is fine
Mopani – Letaba is fine
Letaba – Phalaborwa is fine
Letaba – Olifants is fine
Olifants T-junction to Olifants high level bridge is closed
Olifants high level bridge – Satara is fine
Satara – Orpen is fine
Satara –Tshokwane is fine
Tskokwane – Skukuza is closed (High level Bridge fine but
full of debris – await clearing)
Crocodile bridge – Lower
Sabie – Skukuza is fine
Crocodile bridge is closed
Skukuza – Malelane is fine
Skukuza – Kruger Gate and Phabeni is closed
Phabeni – Kruger gate is fine
Pretoriuskop – Skukuza – closed
All gravel roads South of Letaba River are still closed.
Malelane to Berg en Dal
Orpen to Satara
Numbi to Pretoriuskop
Phalaborwa to Letaba
Phalaborwa to Mopani
Punda and Pafuri
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