Floods keep parts of Kruger shut off

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Johannesburg - The Kruger National Park's bush camps will remain closed due to continuing floods in the area, SA National Parks said on Tuesday.

The Talamati, Biyamiti, Balule, Sirheni, Bateleur, and Shimuwini bush camps would be closed until next Monday, SANParks spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli said in a statement.

He said water levels in the Limpopo, Letaba, Levuvhu, and Crocodile rivers had dropped.

"All main camps are not affected, the park is still accessible. All gravel roads in the Marula region of the park were closed.

"Crocodile Bridge Gate is still closed and expected to be closed for the rest of the week," he said.

The Wolhuter, Boesman, and Olifants trails camps were also closed.

The Berg-en-Dal rest camp had erected a temporary fence. No camps in the park had been damaged, Thakuli said.

More heavy rain was expected in the region.

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SAnews.gov.zareports the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) has advised provincial and municipal centres affected by the recent floods to begin the necessary response preparedness.

NDMC are on alert for the necessary relief aid and rescue operations as  incidents of flooding were reported from early last week over the eastern parts of North West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Gauteng provinces, as well as parts of KwaZulu-Natal.
 
Incidents range from damaged housing infrastructure to washed away roads and bridges.

Six people drowned in various parts of Mpumalanga due to heavy flooding, police said.

A 12-year-old boy from Ermelo drowned on Monday, Mpumalanga diving unit spokesperson Captain Joey Potgieter said.

She suspected the boy might have been swimming in the area.

Two bodies were recovered at the weekend in Amersfoort and Hendrina. Both were men.

On Friday, three men aged 20, 30, and 46 drowned in Schoemansdal, Lydenburg, and Amersfoort.

A man who fell into the Crocodile River in Schagen, Nelspruit, around 9pm on Friday while crossing a bridge was still missing, she said.

A 50-year-old man who drowned while crossing a river on Schoeman's farm in Badplaas on Monday was also still missing.

Two men were rescued in Hazyview and Siyabuswa, she said.

NDMC also said it is in constant communication with the SA Weather Services, SANDF and NATJOINTS structures as well as Provincial Disaster Management Centres to ensure the effective coordination of the issuing of warnings as well as relief and rescue services.

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