Spain – Several Rescued, Train Derailed After Flash Floods in South

Torrential rain caused flash flooding in parts of southern Spain on 05 November 2020.

Flooded roads after heavy rainfall in southern Spain. Photo: Government of Andalusia

Emergency services in the southern Andalusia region responded to 130 incidents due to heavy rainfall and strong winds on 05 November. Most of the coordinated incidents (90) were in the province of Malaga, followed by Huelva (19) and Seville (12).

Firefighters were called on to rescue 3 people from a flooded house in Ronda in Malaga province after the Guadalevín River broke its banks. Videos shared on Social Media showed firefighters battling against fast-flowing water in streets of Ronda.

The government of Malaga Province said 5 major roads were closed across the province as a result of flooding and landslides.

Torrential rainfall in the municipality of Ardales caused flash flooding which damaged roads and blocked a road tunnel, leaving some areas isolated. According to local observers, 128.6 mm of rain fell in 12 hours, and a total of 148.1 mm in 24 hours.

Meanwhile in Teba a train derailed after heavy rain and flooding damaged tracks on the Algeciras-Madrid route. Over 40 passengers were on board. Four people, including the driver, were slightly injured. A school in Teba was also evacuated due to flooding.

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