Spain – Torrential Rain and Floods Leave 2 Dead

Two people have died in southern Spain after floods triggered by torrential rain between 03 December and 05 December, 2016. Flooding was reported in towns and cities along a stretch of the coast from Malaga to Gibraltar.

Spain’s meteorological agency Aemet issued a red alert (highest level) for the provinces of Malaga and Cadiz early on Sunday, 04 December. An amber alert remained in place early Monday 05 December but was later downgraded to yellow level. Heavy rain is also expected in parts of Valencia province, where an amber alert is in place.

One fatality was reported in the tourist area of Estepona on the Costa del Sol, where the victim died in the flooded basement of a building. Further down the coast towards Gibraltar, a man died when his car was swept away in flash flood on the outskirts of La Línea de la Concepción, Cádiz.

Several major roads have been closed, including the A-7 motorway, causing widespread disruption. Many schools have also been closed in the affected areas.

Emergency services in Andalusia responded to more than 1,400 flood and rain related incidents. Guardia Civil helicopters were called into operation to rescue stranded victims.

Rainfall

Figures for a 24 hour period to 04 December, 2016, according to Aemet.

  • Estepona – 222.0 mm
  • Marbella – 213.4 mm
  • Manilva – 200.2 m
  • Benahavis – 176.2 mm
  • Coín – 135.6 mm
Guardia Civil helicopter rescue, southern Spain, December 2016. Photo: Guardia Civil
Guardia Civil helicopter rescue, southern Spain, December 2016. Photo: Guardia Civil

Social Media

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Flood Summary

Last updated: December 11, 2016
Event
Andalusia, Spain, December 2016
Date
December 3 to December 6, 2016
Type
Inland flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Estepona
B - La Línea de la Concepción

Magnitude

Rainfall level
220 mm in 24 hours
Estepona - December 4 to December 5, 2016
Rainfall level
213.4 mm in 24 hours
Marbella - December 4 to December 5, 2016
Rainfall level
200.2 mm in 24 hours
Manilva - December 4 to December 5, 2016

Damages

Fatalities
2 people
Estepona, La Línea de la Concepción - December 4 to December 5, 2016