Kruger Park warning as floods wash away bridges

2012-01-19 00:00

MORE than 30 people have been airlifted to safety in Hoedspruit in Limpopo due to flooding in the region, the SABC reported yesterday.

Dams and rivers burst their banks in Kruger Park as Phalaborwa got 170mm of rain yesterday afternoon, with the rain continuing last night.

Skukuza resident and teacher trainee at the primary school, Chantal Gillespie, told The Witness last night that the flood waters were still rising. “It’s quite bad.

“The water has risen between the buildings of the school.

“As we speak I am watching the wall of the dam near the golf course collapsing,” she said.

Kruger National Park spokesman William Mabasa said the park had experienced heavy rains, affecting roads in the area.

“The most important thing is to avoid all gravel roads in the Kruger National Park... We have issued a statement this morning to warn people about the water situation. Crocodile Bridge is closed because the bridge is overflowing.

“We have closed Phalaborwa Gate as well, and bridges leading to Letaba and Mopani camps are overflowing at this stage.”

Visitors to the park should contact the public relations office to ask about the condition of the roads they intended using.

SA Weather Service senior forecaster William Msimanga said the strong downpours had been caused by the sub-tropical depression Banbo, the fourth of the season.

Above: Flooding at lower Sabie. Photo supplied.

Above: High Bridge between Skukuza Village and camp.

Above: Pool at Skukuza, Kruger.

Above: Skukuza Village Bridge.

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