Sunday, September 28, 2008



September 26, 2008



Larry Bentley

RESIDENTS in the fire-stricken areas of Zululand have welcomed the rains which have fallen over the weekend, mostly on Saturday.
In the Melmoth area, which was worst hit by fires a few weeks ago, the farms south of the town received 50mm, while Melmoth itself recorded 42mm and north of Melmoth 22mm.
Another area recently in the news due to the dire water shortage, Gingindlovu, received 61mm, but unfortunately this is not enough to relieve the situation and residents are urged to still conserve water.
eShowe and Ntumeni received between 80-60mm, mostly as a continuous drizzle which was welcomed in the burnt areas since it prevented soil erosion.
As figures from further north came in, the rainfall dropped dramatically, with only 20mm being measured in the Hluhluwe area.
Richards Bay measured 100mm over Friday and Saturday, while Mtunzini recorded 85mm and Empangeni and Heatonville averaged 90mm.
Farmers are hopeful that, although late, this will ease the dangerous fire conditions which have been prevalent over the last few weeks and will usher in the rainy season.
KwaMbonambi, Port Durnford and Mtubatuba recorded 75mm, 95mm and 52mm respectively.


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