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Mpumalanga Disaster Management urges all to be cautious in ongoing rains

The Mpumalanga Disaster Management Unit has warned motorists around Mpumalanga and visitors to the Kruger National Park to remain vigilant and alert, as roads and rivers across parts of the province have been flooded and the rain continues.

The Mpumalanga Disaster Management Unit has reported unstable road conditions following heavy downpours across the province.

More rain is expected this evening and tomorrow morning, February 11.

A section of the R40, about 500m from the Swartfontein turn-off, has caved in. This photo has been doing the rounds on social media.

The unit has urged those travelling to and around Mpumalanga and the Kruger National Park to take heed, and urged motorists and pedestrians not to cross bridges where the road surface cannot be seen.

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Reports indicate that most roads in Nkomazi remain closed and have been deemed a dangerous area overall due to the rain and subsequent flooding in the area.

Emer-G-Med’s Sebenzile Khoz at The Cascades at the Lowveld National Botanical Garden. > Photo: Emer-G-Med

Disaster Management also urged visitors to the province to call their accommodation ahead of their arrival to find out if guests are still being received and if certain routes leading to the establishment are closed or not.

TRAC’s Solange Soares said, however, that the N4 remains open.

Lowveld residents have been posting photographs, videos and updates on various WhatsApp groups and social media, including warnings that a large piece of road along the R40, about 500m from the Swartfontein turn-off past the Klipkoppie Dam, had broken off.

Fallen rocks in the road between White River and Sabie have also been reported.

There have also been reports of an earthquake outside Marloth Park yesterday, February 9. Disaster Management said it was aware of the reports and that the incident will form part of a later assessment, as human life is the unit’s priority.

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