One person has died after huge swells battered the Durban coastline on January 21, 2018. The 7-year-old girl drowned after being washed off a pier by a big wave due to the apparent high tide and strong rip currents. Sections of the beach have been cordoned off. The huge waves were probably caused by Cyclone Berguitta which passed Mauritius a few days ago.

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Large waves in Durban, South Africa killed a 7-year-old girl on January 21, 2018. via Facebook

Waves were really big and washed away a 7-year-old girl from the pier. She died an hour later:

Here a video recorded after the dramatic event and explaining the situation in Durban, SA:

And here some more pictures showing widespread flooding even in the city after the deadly waves struck the beach:

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The large swell flooded the beach and coastal streets in Durban. via Facebook
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Even in the city of Durban, people had to walk in sea water. via Facebook
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the huge waves were probably caused by Cyclone Berguitta which passed Mauritius a few days ago. via Facebook
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After Oregon and Portugal, now South Africa. Are giant waves spreading around the world? via SA People

This is not the first time a kind of tsunami hit Durban. Do you remember the event of March 2017? Large swells caused a wave to come up right to where many were standing on the beach causing mass panic:

After Oregon, British Colombia and Portugal, now South Africa. Are giant waves spreading around the world? Tsunami warnings and watch are now set for the entire North American West Coast after a powerful and shallow M7.9 earthquake hit in the Gulf of Alaska on January 23, 2018.

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  1. […] One person has died after huge swells battered the Durban coastline on January 21, 2018. The 7-year-old girl drowned after being washed off a pier by a big wave due to the apparent high tide and strong rip currents. Local authorities are currently on the scene. Sections of the beach have been cordoned off. The huge waves were probably caused by Cyclone Berguitta which passed Mauritius a few days ago.  Read More… […]

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