Rains bring lit­tle re­lief

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Larry Bent­ley

GOOD late sum­mer rains have fallen over the greater Zu­l­u­land re­gion with fig­ures rang­ing from 61.2mm in Mtu­batuba to 138.4mm in Mkhuze Es­tate since the be­gin­ning of March.

While these rains are wel­comed by the res­i­dents who are still be­ing af­fected by the pro­longed drought, sugar cane farm­ers may not be quite as happy, as the sugar mills opened last week and they are bat­tling to ac­cess the cane in the drenched fields.

Mo­torists have also been af­fected with lo­calised flood­ing, but these are mostly due to poor main­te­nance of gut­ters and drains which are not cleaned of trapped sand.

Fig­ures rcorded at the SA Sugar Re­search In­sti­tute’s weather sta­tions show that the north­ern sta­tions of Makhathini, Mkhuze and Pon­gola had the high­est rain­fall of 68.8mm, 54.6mm and 50.5mm re­spec­tively last week.

Mtu­batuba, Em­pan­geni, En­tu­meni and eShowe recorded 24.1mm, 27.4mm, 27.9mm and 31.5mm.

Storage dams, es­pe­cially Goed­ertrouw, ben­e­fited lit­tle from the rains.

Larry Bent­ley

The level of the Go­erdertrouw Dam as taken on Satur­day

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