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Costa del Sol flooded

Finally came the rain that the Costa del Sol needed so much. The only problem is that it was all too much at once.

The riverbed in Los boliches, Fuengirola has been washed away. Photo: Sara Ritäkt.

The riverbed in Los boliches, Fuengirola has been washed away. Photo: Sara Ritäkt.

Many cities along Costa del Sol have been declared disaster zones and the weather service AEMET has issued both orange and red alerts, corresponding to Class 2 and 3.

The ground has not been able to assimilate all the water causing severe floods that has swept everything away and contributed to clogged drains.

Roads, bridges, riverbeds, garages, houses and shops along the southern coast of Spain have been flooded. Some of the hardest hit areas are Marbella, Casares, Estepona and Mijas Pueblo. In Mijas 218 mm of rain in recent days has been reported and several cities are warned of up to 200 mm.

Over 800 accidents have been reported. A 26 year old woman died in Estepona when the premises she was in were flooded. She had called the emergency services for help to get out, but unfortunately they managed not five in time.

In Malaga a half marathon was cancelled and there have been major problems with train and bus connections.

Police and rescue services as well as municipal cleaning companies have been working hard to save people and animals and clean up after the devastation. During Sunday afternoon was at least seven roads closed.

In Fuengirola several houses were evacuated and many residents were accommodated in sporting facilites in the area.

On Tuesday the sun expected to return to Andalusia.

Muddy streets in Torreblanca, Fuengirola. Photo: Sara Ritäkt.

Muddy streets in Torreblanca, Fuengirola. Photo: Sara Ritäkt.

A flooded entrance in Fuengirola. Photo: Sara Ritäkt.

A flooded entrance in Fuengirola. Photo: Sara Ritäkt.

Horses in Mijas struggling against the flood. Photo: Ann Jarsldatter.

Horses in Mijas struggling against the flood. Photo: Ann Jarsldatter.

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