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Durban: Beaches Will Remain Closed

Durban beach front was closed on Sunday after 10 foot swells battered the famous promenade.

The aftermath of a cyclone over Madagascar and springtide combined to produce waves of up to 4 or 5 metres that battered Durban beaches at the weekend, causing damage worth millions of rand. Three people were injured while they were apparently capturing images of the waves sweeping inland.

The eThekwini municipality has banned bathing at all beaches in the metro and is monitoring the situation together with the KwaZulu-Natal disaster management team.

Sea Rescue South Africa spokesperson Craig Lambinon said that the high seas were only expected to last as long as the spring tide which was at its peak on Sunday. “We are aware that eThekwini municipality closed the beaches yesterday [Sunday] at around noon and we are also told that the strong winds added to the sized of the swell.”

Meanwhile clean up work started in earnest. SABC News Journalist, Dries Liebenberg reports…

Sources: TimesLIVE, Newsbreak SABC Online

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