Severe flooding in Limpopo

Truckers warned about Limpopo floods, escaped crocodiles

Limpopo floods cause havoc
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Due to severe flooding, most of the low-level bridges crossing the Limpopo River have been closed, the Road Freight Association (RFA) said in a notice to its members on Monday, 21 January.

"Currently Beit Bridge is open, however, the river is continuing to rise and we have been advised that should the water pressure increase, the structural stability of the bridge cannot be guaranteed and the border MAY be closed. This will have an effect on road transport to all northern destinations," the notice said.

"In addition, the flood water is moving to Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal and drivers should be made aware of possible flash flooding in rivers and low-lying areas. Special care should be taken where low-level bridges are crossed.

"Finally, we were further advised that most of the crocodile farms in the Limpopo and northern Mpumalanga areas have been breached due to flooding – this means several thousand crocodiles are now 'freely moving' in many rivers. Where applicable, please warn employees and drivers of this danger."

SA Police Services (SAPS) and rescue services have been mobilised in Limpopo and Mpumalanga, the RFA said, adding it would forward members relevant flood information as received from SAPS / Border Control.

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