Severe floods hit southern Andalusia after a month's worth of heavy rain falls in a day, Spain

Severe floods hit southern Andalusia after a month's worth of heavy rain falls in a day, Spain

Major floods hit parts of southern Andalusia, Spain, on Thursday, November 5, 2020, resulting in damage, blocked roads, trapped residents, and a derailed train. The region registered 148.1 mm (5.5 inches) of rain in a 24 hour period, which was more than the average November rainfall of 100 mm (3.9 inches). According to the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), some storms may still be experienced in the region on Monday, November 9.

Heavy rains and strong winds lashed the southern Andalusia region on Thursday, resulting in floods that trapped several people and damaged some roads.

The emergency services responded to 130 incidents, mostly were in Malaga with 90 reports, followed by Huelva with 19 calls, and Seville with 12. 

A six-month-old infant and two adults were rescued after floodwaters trapped them in their home in Ronda.

Firefighters braved the roaring waters down a steep street for the operation.

According to the local fire department, Guadelevin River broke its banks during the severe weather's onslaught. 

In the municipality of Ardales, roads were damaged while a road tunnel was blocked, leaving several areas isolated. Five major roads in the province of Malaga were also closed.

In Teba, heavy rains caused a train with 40 passengers to derail, while floodwaters damaged tracks on the Algeciras-Madrid route. Four people, including the driver, sustained minor injuries. A school in the area was evacuated as well due to flooding.

Up to 128.6 mm (5 inches) of rain fell in a 12-hour period, while a total of 148.1 mm (5.8 inches) fell in 24 hours, which was more than the average rainfall for the month of November of 100 mm (3.8 inches).

AEMET forecasts precipitation with some storms for Monday in Galicia, the southern plateau of Andalusia, while the rest will be drenched in rain. Scattered rainfall may affect the region in the second half of the day.

Featured image credit: Ardales Town Hall


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