- Two South African coastal regions are experiencing severe flooding because of stormy weather and swelling seas
- The Western Cape and some parts of Eastern Cape have experienced freak waves since 16 September 2023
- South Africans reacted to various videos across social media showing the disaster, and many were concerned
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The city of Cape Town's disaster risk management sector is hard at work establishing how much damage has been done. South Africans expressed concern on social media after seeing disturbing footage of property destroyed.
Eastern and Western Cape hit by massive waves
Videos posted on X went viral, showing massive tides hitting coastal towns. In a huge storm, massive waves swept away cars in Cape Town, including Gordon's Bay, Still Baai, Three Anchor Bay and Mossel Bay.
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Watch a video of Gordon's Bay after a giant wave swept over the coast:
What should Western and Eastern Cape residents do?
The city of Cape Town Disaster Risk Management Centre spokesperson Sonica Lategan spoke to News24 and explained that officials are doing assessments. Meanwhile, the National Sea Rescue Institute(NSRI) has advised that residents should be careful during the heavy sea swells.
The spokesperson of the NSRI, Craig Lambinon, told News24 that people around any body of water should be careful.
Were people injured in Western and Eastern Cape sea swells?
The NSRI spokesperson told News24 there were no injuries. Two people (a teen and an elderly man) were caught in a riptide but were rescued. In the Western Cape, some people in Kalk Bay were terrified after a massive wave crashed the restaurant's window.
Read people's reactions to the videos:
"Run for dear life."
" I hope everyone outran those waves."
"We are this close to experiencing iTsunami Sana."
"After God, fear water."
"The climate change people don't want to see."
"Oh, no, global warming is real? Is the world changing? I can't tell by all these bizarre freak nature catastrophes *sarcastic*. I hope everyone made it out safely. We've had many human deaths this month alone in Libya and Morocco."
@Jamyfelton claimed she witnessed the waves:
"I took my colleagues to Hermanus to see whales, and we got hit by waves at the restaurant. The waitress said it was the first time in her ten years that that has happened, and we didn't believe her, only to see the whole southern coast was hit with crazy big waves."
Heavy rains submerge Cape Town street in water, flooding spreads through the city
Briefly News previously reported that torrential rains are wreaking havoc in Cape Town, causing untold destruction to roads and infrastructure.
The heavy rains have resulted in rivers overflowing, road closures and many areas throughout the city experiencing extensive flooding on Wednesday, 14 June.
This comes as the South African Weather Services (SAWS) sounded the alarm, issuing an Orange Level 6 warning for disruptive rain that is expected to go on till Thursday, 15 June, News24 reported.
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Source: Briefly News