Citizen Reporter
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24 Jan 2021
1:46 pm

Widespread flooding in Mpumalanga and Limpopo – More rain expected

Citizen Reporter

The South African Weather Service has issued out a red level warning of heavy rainfall for Eastern parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga until Monday.

Heavy rain in Limpopo. Picture: Twitter @migavhini

Heavy rainfall has caused havoc in parts of Limpopo, Mpumalanga.

The South African Weather Service said there have been reports of flooding in the eastern parts of these two provinces and more heavy rain is expected until Monday evening.

A red level 10 warning has been issued due to the persistent heavy rain: “This will cause serious strain on emergency services. Take extreme caution in these areas,” it said.

Some structural damages have also been reported in Thohoyandou and Thulamela.

This is the effects of tropical cyclone Eloise in Mozambique which hit the Beira province on Saturday.

UPDATE: Tropical storm Eloise: South Africa gears up for big rains

The Limpopo provincial disaster management structures were on high alert ahead of tropical cyclone Eloise. The port city of Beira experienced massive damage on Saturday. Flooding, winds of 109k/h, damage to roads and bridges, over-flooding of rivers and damage to Eskom power lines.

The Kruger National Park posted that there have closed some roads due to flooding in Phalaborwa.

Sharing: “All gravel roads around Mopani closed, 66mm rainfall. Boulders, Shipandani not accessible. Mopani to Phalaborwa road closed, guests will have to please drive via Letaba to Phalaborwa.

“All gravel roads and H13-1 tar road in Nxanatseni (Far North) are closed due to flooding. Tsendze Bridge on H14 is underwater.

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Rainfall measure: Pafuri: Mabiligwe 77.5mm; Outpost 100mm; Eco training 100mm; Pafuri 80mm, Mooiplaas is 66.0mm and Mah is 56.0mm.

(Compiled by Sandisiwe Mbhele)

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