UNPRECEDENTED levels of rain have left parts of the Costa del Sol a ‘red alert’ disaster zone.
People have been forced to ‘cling’ to their roofs in Mijas and Cartama, according to residents, in what local police are calling the worst rains since 1989.
A red danger warning, the highest possible, has been issued by Spanish meteorological service Aemet for the region after a massive 200 litres of water per cubic metre fell in just 12 hours.
An amount equivalent to one month’s rain has fallen over the weekend.
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Electricity has been cut off in large parts of Manilva and Sabinillas as roads are turned into rivers.
The main A7 motorway and underpass has also been shut, with more rain forecast for this afternoon.
Roads have also been shut in Estepona and Marbella after rivers burst their banks and drains blocked up, with thousands of homes facing flooding.
Well over 200 emergency calls have been made over the weekend due to the weather, which has caused mudslides in Malaga and in the Sierras.
Today’s planned Malaga marathon has been cancelled due to big safety fears.
The rain storm has also wreaked havoc further afield in Andalucia, with floods reported in Cadiz.