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DRENCHED: Rainfall statistics back up council’s plea to declare Costa province a disaster zone

THE Sierra de Mijas saw rainfall equivalent to around 80 litres per square metre in 12 hours last Monday, little over a week after floods hit the Costa del Sol.

Data from the AEMET Met Office showed Estepona was hit by more than 63 litres per square metre during the same time period.

The town saw streets flooded and rivers rise rapidly when storms hit on the weekend of Saturday 20 to Sunday 21.

Separate statistics showed Torremolinos saw almost 56 litres per square metre between 9am and 3pm on Monday. The area around Malaga Airport saw levels reach almost 44 litres per square metre.

The figures come as towns across the Costa del Sol and Malaga Province more generally continued to pick up the pieces following storms this month.

The Junta de Andalucia has since called on the Spanish government to declare affected areas a disaster zone.

The damage is estimated to have racked up a €32 million insurance bill, according to industry estimates.

Almost 400 litres per square metre fell on parts of Malaga Province, the largest amount ever recorded according to AEMET data.

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