Costa Del Sol Floods 2016 – Andalucia has been hit by severe flooding following torrential rain
Costa Del Sol Floods 2016
For two weekends the Costa Del Sol has been battered by wind and rain, with floods sweeping through Andalucia. A state of emergency was declared in Malaga, as emergency services battled to rescue people from homes and vehicles. More than 100 landslides have been reported, and emergency services have received over 1000 calls. Schools in Andalucia were closed on Monday.
The Spanish weather agency AEMET have lifted the weather warnings from Tuesday onwards. Sunshine is expected for the rest of the week, with no more rainfall predicted. You can see the five day forecast here.
King Felipe VI
The King of Spain has been telephoning local leaders to offer his support and encouragement. The King spoke with Cartama Mayor Jorge Gallardo who said “He has offered his support and hopes everything can be resolved as quickly as possible”
The Mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, has tweeted his thanks to The King: “My thanks to King Felipe VI for calling and being personally interested in the consequences of the rains affecting Malaga province”
The floods have claimed the lives of two people on the Costa Del Sol. A young woman who became trapped in a basement in Estepona, and an electrician who was working to restore power in La Linea. The Mayor of La Linea has declared three official days of mourning.
Local animal shelters have been hit hard by the floods, with some reporting that animals have died. The PAD are appealing for help with fostering their animals until they can rebuild and repair the shelter.
More photos of the 2016 flooding:
Written by Dave James
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