Orange River floods under control

2011-01-15 13:21

The level of the flooded Orange River at Upington have started to subside while water levels further west, towards Pofadder have started to rise, authorities said today.

SA National Defence Force spokesperson Colonel Kobus Etzebeth said they were receiving more and more requests to monitor or help with food parcels lower down the Orange River towards Pofadder in the west.

He said air force aircraft fly twice a day to help with the distributing of food parcels to people on islands in the river or help people who were cut off from the outside world due to the rising water.

Three people were airlifted between Witbank and Pella after flood water cut them off from their route home.

Etzebeth said five more people would be airlifted on Saturday afternoon from an island after they initially decided to stay.

“Many people on islands in the river initially decided to stay and look after their vineyards and were supplied with food parcels, but now they want to get off.”

More food parcels would be delivered to other islands where people decided to stay. The food parcels were enough to feed a family for two weeks.

Spokesman for the Siyanda District Municipality Gilbert Lategan said the emergency wall near Kakamas was washed away.

This he said resulted in the main route between the town and Upington being flooded.

People now have to drive on a gravel road detour towards Kenhardt between the towns.

Lategan said the Orange River level fell to 7.74m above its normal level at Upington on Saturday. No serious incidents had been reported due to the flooding on Saturday. 

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