‘To say we are worried is an understatement’: dams close to overflowing
Huge swathes of Mpumalanga are already flooded, and in Limpopo the situation is increasingly perilous
Vast areas of Mpumalanga are flooded from torrential rains caused by Cyclone Eloise, with reports of roads leading into Mashishing (formerly Lydenburg) being washed away – leaving dozens of rural farming areas and villages cut off.
Farmers in Limpopo are bracing themselves for floods, after dam levels rose overnight, with Agri Limpopo reporting that the Nzhelele dam is nearly full, with the Ohrigstad and Tzaneen dams rising from 10% to 25% overnight.
“The amount of water that has come down is huge. Our big worry is the Nzhelele dam and downstream from the dam. The Matamba River joins the Nzhelele River downstream. It [Matamba River] is a raging torrent at the moment," said Limpopo farmer Ricket Botha...