Large ocean waves caused by a phenomenon known as a “spring tide” crashed into coastal areas of South Africa over the weekend, leaving two people dead and several injured, authorities said on Monday.
The weather service said waves of up to 9.5 meters were recorded, with some destroying waterfront buildings and sweeping away cars in parking lots.
The South African Meteorological Service reported that 50% of the country’s coastline was affected by the sea currents. Two people were killed and at least seven were injured, it said.
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One of the two who died was a 93-year-old woman who was injured when water washed away a parking lot in the Wilderness area on the south coast, although the National Marine Rescue Institute said her death may have been of natural causes. was taken to the hospital.
At various points along the coast, seas raged on Saturday and Sunday, breaking railings, roads and buildings. In Gordon’s Bay near Cape Town, the water swept away some cars and completely submerged others. Some beaches were closed.
Damage was seen in many places from the outskirts of Cape Town in the southwest through the Garden Route holiday region and up the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal province, authorities said.