Heavy rains cause flash flooding in southern Spain


Heavy rains from Friday, March 5, 2021, triggered flash flooding in southern Spain, particularly in the regions of Andalusia and Murcia. Dozens of people were rescued from inundated homes after a river broke its banks, while several areas were cut off.

In Malaga Province, up to 127.2 mm (5 inches) of rain fell in Estepona in a 24 hour period to Friday, while 77.8 mm (3 inches) fell in Cadiz, both in Andalusia. San Roque registered 92.6 mm (3.6 inches) the following day, March 6, according to AEMET.

A total of 55 people were rescued from inundated houses in Los Barrios after the Palmones River broke its banks, the emergency services reported. Three of those rescued suffered hypothermia and needed healthcare assistance.

Areas around San Roque, Tarifa, and Algeciras were affected, and at least six roads were closed due to flooding. The emergency services added that floodwaters from the Guadiaro River cut off some areas in Sotogrande.

In the neighboring Murcia, the emergency services responded to 56 calls for help, mostly in the municipality of Aguilas where there were 20 incidents, 18 in Murcia, six in Cartegena, five in Los Alcarez, and three in Lorca, among others.

Featured image credit: Firefighters Consortium of the Province of Cádiz


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