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article imageExcessive rain in Málaga province, Spain causes flooding (Video)

By Anne Sewell     Sep 28, 2012 in Environment
As the autumn rainy season begins in Málaga province, heavy rains are being experienced, causing flooding, evacuations and at least one death.
The rain is causing havoc in Málaga province, southern Spain, with one fatality, a woman who died in El Puente, Alora, while a group of 12 people, including the victim's husband, had to be rescued in the town.
Around 9,000 people have had to be evacuated from their homes in several towns in the province and a red alert has been activated in Málaga and Almería.
Although the forecast is saying that the intensity of the rain will decrease, this red alert is set to continue until 15h00 in the eastern part of Málaga province, and until noon in the Serrania de Ronda, Antequera and Guadalhorce.
In some areas of the interior, up to 120 liters of water per square meter have fallen, causing flooding of houses, basements and roads. Vehicles were washed from flooded roads, as can be seen in the video above.
Given the gravity of the situation, the Emergency Military Unit for Málaga province has activated an emergency plan for flood risk in the province. Around 150 members of the Málaga Province Fire department are working in the different regions to assist, most notably in the rescue of nine people, after being trapped in the Hoyo de San Miguel because of the overflowing of the Guadalevín river.
Many small villages are experiencing overflows from rivers. Around 9,000 people have been evacuated from several interior towns, including Cártama and Villanueva del Rosario.
In Almeria province and Granada area there are reports of flooded houses and basements, with rainfall of up to 60 liters per square meter in just one hour.
In the Granada town of Salobreña, police had to evacuate two schools and flooding has forced the rescue of several elderly people who could not leave their homes unassisted.
In Motril, the local police reported that rainfall are causing "chaos" in the town, where they are experiencing several traffic accidents, poles down and roads flooded. In Almuñécar, firefighters have had to go to the entrance of the village, in the area of ​​La Paloma, because access to the town has been disabled by the rains.
Photos of the flooding and damage caused can be viewed here.
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