One dead and hundreds forced to evacuate after Andalusia rains

One person died and another was reported missing, while hundreds were evacuated from their homes as torrential rains caused flash flooding overnight Thursday and early Friday in the center of Andalusia.

Some 150 liters of rain per square meter fell on the province of Málaga and on neighboring provinces of Seville and Granada. The heavy downpour also severely disrupted transport.

An elderly woman was found drowned in her flooded home in the town of Álora in Málaga province. Her husband had managed to get out of the house. A dozen households were forced to abandon their homes in the town, the mayor, José Sánchez, said. Another person was reported missing in the town of Pizarra.

Some 9,000 people in the affected areas started the process of mopping up and retrieving vehicles that had been washed away by the floods. The situation in the towns of Villanueva del Rosario and Villanueva del Trabuco became so critical that the army emergency service was called in to help.

The mayor of Villanueva del Rosario, José Antonio González, said the water had risen so much in the town that some houses were no longer visible. He said it reached a height of four meters in streets next to streams feeding into the River Guadalhorce. Some three hundred people were forced to leave their homes. “The place is like a marsh,” the mayor said.

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