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Cleanup efforts continue in flood-hit towns across the Costa del Sol

TOWNS across Andalucia have begun clearing the damage and debris left behind in the wake of floods which swept through the region last weekend.

Locals were joined by volunteers in the cleaning efforts and attempts to salvage belongings while council workers, electricians and plumbers attempted to get basic services up and running.

The total cost of the damage is estimated to be around €32 million, according to insurance companies. Parts of Malaga Province have been declared a catastrophe zone since the storms hit.

The storm caused more than €1 million in damage in Estepona alone, according to local council estimates. Officials in the town said 25 roads equalling a length of 94 kilometres in total have been affected.

Dozens of homes in the Loma Pontezuela and El Padron Alto areas of Estepona remained without electricity yesterday (Thursday).

Workers with the Endesa power company have been called in to repair damage that included toppled pylons, with 35 in total damaged in some way.

The flash floods saw some villages left underwater when they struck last Sunday. Cars were also swept away and some people were left stranded, with emergency services despatched to airlift trapped residents from their homes.

Almost 400 litres of rainwater fell across Malaga Province in the space of 24 hours, the largest amount ever recorded in the area according to Spain’s AEMET Met Office. The storms were the fifth major downpours so far this year and follow storms in Mallorca which left 13 people dead.

Floodwater tore through the Arab Baths in Ronda damaging walls and causing an estimated €98,000 in damage to the site, parts of which date from the 13th Century.

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