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Avian Influenza confirmed in Western Cape PDF Print
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

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The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of Highly Pathogenic Avian influenza (HPAI), type H5N8, in two ostrich farms in the Heidelberg area.

Avian influenza is a controlled disease in terms of the Animal Diseases Act, 35 of 1984.

Vets from the Western Cape Department of Agriculture detected HPAI during routine testing.

Last week, throat swabs tested positive for HPAI. Both farms were placed under quarantine immediately, and no birds are allowed to enter or leave the affected properties. There are around 1000 ostriches on both farms.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 August 2017 )
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Update: Diesel Spill (Meiringspoort) 2017/08/16 15:15 PDF Print
Wednesday, 16 August 2017
17458401_1526043494082207_7122323829733913904_n.jpg Eden DM Environmental Specialist, Nina Viljoen, had the following to say about the diesel spill: "The immediate environmental concerns are the endangered Redfin fish species within the river. Judging on the footprints along the river there are wildlife or cattle who drink from the river and will therefore be in danger. Further investigation will be needed regarding this. Cape Nature will be bringing in an aquatic specialist who will be able to report in detail on aquatic impacts. A Geo-Hydrologist will also be coming in and reports will be available from Spill Tech upon completion of study. Spill largely contained - containment dam was build lower down river. Some wildlife and aquatic deaths can be expected at spill area. Waiting for specialist reports as soon as studies are completed."
 
Update: Diesel Spill (Meiringspoort) 2017/08/16 PDF Print
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

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 Eden DM Fire and Rescue Services assisted to contain the diesel spill at Meiringspoort until mid-day today. Clean-up operations are currently being done by Spilltech (Kyle Scott). Spilltech was appointed by the company whose truck overturned. According to the National Environmental Management Act, the company who is responsible for causing the incident has to arrange for clean-up operations at the incident.

Central Karoo Disaster Management (Hein Rust) is coordinating the efforts from now onwards. It is anticipated that the clean-up operations will continue for two weeks.

According to Mr Freddy Thaver, Eden DM Chief Firefighter, Eden installed absorption and floating barriers to stop the diesel from spreading. "The diesel spread 500m into the river until it was contained," said Mr Thaver.
 
Update: Diesel Spill (Meiringspoort) 2017/08/15 PDF Print
Tuesday, 15 August 2017
    
17458401_1526043494082207_7122323829733913904_n.jpg The Eden DM Fire and Rescue Services Unit was called to assist at a major diesel spill in Meiringspoort today. According to eye witnesses on the scene, the accident happened at around 11:00 am on 15 August 2017 when a tanker transporting diesel from Mossel Bay (Voorbaai) to Beaufort West overturned before the third bridge in the poort, close to Klaarstroom.
 
Eden DM teams will be installing filters at the waterfall in the poort to contain approximately 42 000 litres diesel that spilled. Although some of the diesel got trapped in the sandy soil next to the road, most of the diesel (about 35 000 litres) is believed to have spilt into the river.
 
The District Roads Department (DPI), Cape Nature, Eden Environmental Health as well as Spill Tech/ Mossel Bay have been tasked to assist. The Oudtshoorn LM disaster management unit will be contacting farmers downstream of this spill to warn them regarding the use of possible contaminated water that could pose a threat to humans and the environment.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 August 2017 )
 
Severe Weather Alert PDF Print
Tuesday, 15 August 2017

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 Tuesday, 15 August 2017 - 11:45

The South African Weather Services has issued a SEVERE WEATHER ALERT- STATUS WATCH, for the Eden district.

Hazard:  Heavy rain

Alert Level:  Watch

Valid from (SAST): 16/08/17 - 08h00 to 17/08/17 - 00h00 

 

Expected in places over the south eastern mountainous regions of the Eden District tomorrow Wednesday through to Thursday morning. 

Descriptions:  Snow

Snow is precipitation in the form of flakes of crystalline water ice that fall from clouds. Since snow is composed of small ice particles, it is a granular material.

Precautions:  Snow
If driving decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop, you should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.  Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges. Listen to the radio or TV for warnings and obey the instructions from disaster management officers.

Description:  Flooding / Heavy Rain
Flooding occurs when water overflows its normal channels such as streams and storm water drains. It can occur with prolonged period of rain, with continuous heavy falls or in the form of flash floods which are usually associated with severe thunderstorms. Heavy rain may also result in river flooding causing damage downstream to areas that may receive no rainfall at all during the flooding event.

Precautions:  Flooding / Heavy Rain
If possible stay indoors and off the roads, avoid crossing rivers and swollen streams where water is above your ankles. If trapped in flooding in a vehicle, abandon it and climb to higher ground. In buildings, move valuables to a safe place above the expected flood level. Switch off electricity at the supply point to the building. In rural areas protect/relocate animals to a safe place on higher ground. Abandon your home immediately if evacuation is recommended, before access is cut off by flood water. NEVER drive on a road covered by water. You do not know how deep it is or if the road has been washed away. If the vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground. Be especially cautious at night when it's harder to recognize flood dangers. Listen to the radio or TV for warnings and obey the instructions from disaster management officers.

The Eden Disaster Management Centre (Eden DMC) staff will be placed on high alert. 

PLEASE REPORT ANY WEATHER RELATED INCIDENTS TO THE EDEN DMC AT (044) 805-5071.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 August 2017 )