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Apr 3 2013 10:41PM
 
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IRVINE MAKUYANA

Four roads, leading to Richtersveld National Park near the SA-Namibian border, have been closed following heavy flooding in the area.

SA National Parks (SANParks) acting spokesperson Gabrielle Venter on Wednesday said: “The flooding is so bad that the roads are undriveable.”

Venter’s colleague Hendrik Prins, said: “The flooding is 6m deep. Tourists from Namibia cannot travel. If they do decide to, they should do it at their own risk. Richtersveld is part of but not in the Kruger.”

The closed roads are Oranjemund, Rosh Pinah, Ai-Ais and Noordoewer.

Meanwhile, SANParks confirmed yesterday that poachers had intensified their attacks on the rapidly diminishing rhino population in the Kruger Park over Easter. A total of 56 incursions were recorded in the Kruger Park and a post-Easter holiday report says rhino poaching activities heightened between March 21 and April 1.

Kruger Park was a shooting spot with six separate incidents of gunfire recorded. Two high calibre hunting rifles (a .385 and .485) were seized, plus ammunition and dehorning equipment such as axes.

irvinem@thenewage.co.za

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