Gain trumps harm done

The rain that fell in the Northern Cape over the past two weeks has brought relief and lightened the strain on various water sources in the province.

In some cases, however, heavy rainfall has also left a trail of damage. On Saturday, 27 January, such cases were reported in Kimberley and in Tsantsabane, and on Tuesday, 30 January, in the John Taolo Gaetsewe area.

Houses were flooded and cars damaged in a hail storm that struck Kuruman and Postmasburg, while Kimberley experienced temporary flooding and, in some cases, smashed windows.

The overall positive impact of the rainfall is reflected in a 5% increase in water reserves in the province. It has been reported to be at 80,5%.

The Department of Water and Sanitation stated that the level of the two main rivers in the Northern Cape, the Vaal River and the Orange River, stood at 81,7% and 51,8%, respectively.

The Spitskop Dam in the Harts River was at 53,7%, with the Vaalharts Storage Weir at 92,6%, an encouraging level compared to the 83,4% recorded in the previous week. The Douglas Storage Weir was at 108,3% and the level of the Boegoeberg Dam was at 107,6% while the Karee River remained at 0%.

The South African Weather Service’s outlook report for January to May 2018 shows a patchy rainfall pattern to be expected. It indicates that, although isolated, storms can become severe, with heavy downpours.

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