Spain – 1 Dead, 1 Missing as Storm in Andalusia Causes Flash Floods

At least one person has died and another is missing after a storm in Andalusia, southern Spain on 17 March, 2018.

The storm brought strong winds with gusts of over 100 km/h, snow in higher areas, as well as heavy rain.

Castell de Ferro in Granada recorded 70 mm of rain in 6 hours late on 17 March. During the same period Doña Mencía in Córdoba recorded 41.9 mm, Salobreña in Granada 44.2 mm and Jimena de la Frontera in Cádiz 48 mm.

Emergency services for the region, 112 Andalucia , said it recorded over 800 storm-related incidents, mostly flooding or landslides. The incidents occurred in the provinces of Cadiz (225), Sevilla (119) , Cordoba (106) Jaen (112) and Granada (121), Malaga (50), Almeria (36) and Huelva (20).

The body of a motorcyclist was found late on 18 March after the man was swept off a flooded road and into a swollen stream near Martos in Jaen.

Meanwhile emergency services are continuing their search for a Guardia Civil officer who was dragged into floodwater while rescuing 3 people trapped in a vehicle. The incident occurred in Guillena, Sevilla, late on Saturday 17 March.

At least 2 people have been injured as a result of strong winds in the region.

Search operations in Andalusia, Spain, after flash floods in March 2018. Photo: 112 Andalucia

Evacuations and Rescues

According to 112 Andalucia, two mountaineers were rescued by helicopter after they went missing in the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park.

In Jimena De La Frontera (Cadiz) four people have been rescued from their homes after flooding from a nearby river.

Around 35 people were evacuated from homes in Huertas de Alcantarilla, Cordoba after a stream threatened to overflow.

In Granada a family was evacuated after the partial collapse of a house in Colomera. Three houses in Loja were also evacuated after a drainage channel flooded.

Evacuations were also carried out in parts of Sevilla province and in areas of the city of Jaen.

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