Flood Hits Parts Of The Kruger National Park


Earlier this week, Buzzsouthafrica brought a report that South Africa Weather Service announced that most parts of the would have good rainfall this week.

We also reported that the meteorological service further indicated that Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, parts of the Free State and the eastern part of the Eastern Cape will have surplus rain.

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And that the temperature, mainly in Gauteng, will stay in the mid to high 20s. Possibly, there might be localised flooding in some places too.

Reports reaching us said prominent camps in the Kruger National Park including Skukuza have been affected by heavy rain in the area.

Kruger National Park, in northeastern South Africa, is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. Its high density of wild animals includes the Big 5: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos.

The heavy downpours on Wednesday came amid a drought ravaging South Africa’s premier wildlife reserve. Animal carcasses are increasingly being spotted on game drives in the park.

Several low bridges and roads have been closed at the National Park due to the heavy rains. The rain is said to have caused damage to some of the roads and gates even after the park’s dams and rivers were filled.

Speaking, a worker at the park William Mabasa said, “We had to close some of our roads because bridges were flooded like the one in Skukuza. The most serious one is the one at the Phabeni Gate.”

The heavy rain also led to Sabie Sand and Sand River low water bridges overflowing.

With the flood coming with so much weight and intensity, the lives of animals in the park are currently a facing a lot of risks.

According to a statement released by the park, “Guests are advised to use avoid using the low water bridge on the road H1-2 from Skukuza to the Skukuza Airport; the road H12 is recommended as an alternative to get to the Skukuza Airport.”

“Motorists are requested to be on the lookout for animals such as tortoise crossing roads or drinking water from little puddles on the road.”

While the National Park is going through this, emergency services are warning of flash flooding caused by heavy rain in Soweto and central Johannesburg this afternoon.

Emergency services’ Robert Mulaudzi said, “Children are advised to stay away from drainage systems and water which might cause drowning incidents. Motorists like to take chances in areas that are flooded, refrain from crossing these flooded areas.”

From another quarter, reports said authorities are also monitoring low lying areas like Diepsloot, Alexandra and Kya Sand.

Additional report said roads in downtown Johannesburg have also flooded due to the heavy rainfall. And motorists have urged to drive caution on Gauteng roads especially around Johannesburg CBD.

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