Monster 12m wave crashes into cars after breaching defences in Cape Town

Thousands have had to evacuate Knysna a town 500 kilometres east of Cape Town on South Africa's famed Garden Route due to firesMore

Other deaths occurred in Cape Town and parts of Western Cape Province.

By mid-morning‚ about 13 houses had already been evacuated just outside Knysna towards Plettenberg Bay.

Massive waves smashed over a promenade in Cape Town's Sea Point and Green Point areas, covering it in a blanket of foam.

That brings the total number of dead to nine.

KNYSNA, South Africa South African firefighters on Thursday struggled to protect a scenic coastal region after blazes killed four people, destroyed homes and forced the evacuation of up to 10,000 people. By Thursday, some rain had fallen and a number of fires had abated. "Conditions include strong wind and lots of smoke which makes helicopter use not possible at present", says Styan.

Official statements report that Brenton‚ Belvedere‚ Welbedacht‚ Nania‚ Eastford‚ Green Pastures and Knysna Heights had been evacuated so far.

According to the local newspaper the Knysna-Plett Herald, patients who were evacuated from the local hospital were being cared for in the squash courts, clubhouse and other facilities of a sports centre.

Firefighters are now battling 26 active fires, made worse by a "storm front" that has flooded nearby Cape Town but fanned the flames around the well-heeled seaside town of Knysna and the neighboring Plettenberg Bay. Power cuts were reported across the area.

An Anadolu Agency video journalist in Cape Town said there were few people walking in the city with most businesses closed.

The Khayelitsha township, a vast encampment of tightly-packed shacks just outside Cape Town, was reported to be totally deserted except for a handful of children and suffered severe flooding. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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