Once in a while we are all reminded about the absolute power that nature has over us. Heavy rains in the vicinity of the Kruger National Park in South Africa this week has resulted in flooding in one of Africa’s largest National Parks. Water pumps and pipelines along river banks were damaged, but the Kruger Park’s engineering team are already working to restore the water supply to affected areas. No deaths or serious injuries were reported.
6 foreign tourists (four Italian and two British) were washed away in their car near the Hamilton tent camp in the park. The tourists were taken to doctors at Skukuza for treatment. 26 people were cut off in the Northern part of the park – rangers re-routed them to safety. Another 22 people were trapped at Biyamiti camp (a smaller accommodation site in the Kruger Park). Some guests were trapped in their cars but were rescued by this morning. The South African National Parks Board kept their families updated on the situation. Some roads at, and entry gates in the Kruger Park have been closed.
Engineers estimate that the damage caused by the floods will take up to 6 months to repair. Dave Walker submitted this photo of the floods near Lower Sabie rest camp in the Kruger to the News24 website and it has been selected as the Daily Cool Photo on Running Wolf’s Rant for the 19th of January 2012.
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