Two dead and dozens rescued as rain swamps Costa

Clean-up underway, with an estimated €25 million in damages

Emergency services answered hundreds of calls fo help while Guardia Civil helicopters rescued people and their pets from the roofs of cars and houses in the worst-hit areas (Photo: EFE)

TWO people were killed and dozens were rescued from flooded areas around Málaga and Cádiz provinces as torrential rains hit southern Andalucía on Sunday morning. With clean-up work underway, damages in Málaga province have been estimated at between €22 million and €25 million, with as many as 6,000 affected parties, in the province’s worst weather-related disaster in 27 years.

Bulging rivers and waterways burst their banks, and roads, homes and businesses were flooded in numerous towns, particularly in the Guadalhorce valley, the western Costa del Sol and Málaga city. In all over 900 incidents were attended by hundreds of firefighters, police and other emergency responders in the province.

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