The Kruger National Park (KNP) has experienced heavy rainfall and floods over the weekend as a result of Cyclone Eloise passing through Mozambique.
Last week (22 January, 2021) South African Weather Service (SAWS) warned that a tropical cyclone ‘Cyclone Eloise’ passing through Mozambique would affect parts of South Africa over the weekend.
SAWS stated that the areas most likely to be affect and experience heavy rainfall and floods would be Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal.
As of the latest update, the KNP which stretches over Limpopo and Mpumalanga has seen some of its rivers overflowing over the last 24 hours.
Assessing water level at Lower Sabie bridge – the bridge might overflow anytime soon. pic.twitter.com/cLlCdNVIXe
— Kruger National Park (@SANParksKNP) January 25, 2021
SanParks has detailed that as a precautionary measure, the Shingwedzi Rest Camp along with the Concessionaires in the Makuleke Contractual National Park had to relocate to Mopani Rest Camp on Saturday.
SanParks stated that on Sunday, Cyclone Eloise mainly affected the Nxanetseni Region (Northern parts of the KNP), resulting in flood flows in the Luvuvhu-Mutale, Shingwedzi and Letaba Rivers. In addition that many gravel roads have been closed off.
In the Marula Region (Southern part of KNP) the Sabie, Sand and Crocodile Rivers experienced overnight rainfall that resulted in floodwaters.
SanParks noted that the floods have not impacted any infrastructures in rest camps or staff villages but some low access routes were still not accessible.
“The water level of the Sabie River is rising as of this morning on the 25th of January. The Disaster Management Team KNP is monitoring the situation, but at this stage, there is no flood impact to infrastructure in rest camps or staff villages, although some low access routes are impassable”.
SanParks added that the the Northern and Southern regions of the KNP continue to experience rainfall.
The cyclone has been upgraded to a Category 2 storm. The Department of Water and Sanitation has also released a statement today explaining that plans are in place for the imminent impact of Tropical Cyclone Eloise.