18 Nov, 2018 @ 14:30
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CHAOS: Fire, landslide and flights delayed as lighting and rain wreak havoc on Spain’s Costa del Sol



MIJAS, Ojén and Coin have received the highest amount of rainfall per hour during the ongoing downpour in Malaga province today.

Mijas saw 20 litres of rain per square meter registered in just one hour, while Ojén saw 28 litres and Coín 24, according to the Hidrosur Network.



Areas of the valley of Genal, Pujerra have accumulated 46.2 and 50.4 liters per square meter in the last 12 hours, about ten liters above the trigger threshold warnings for rain intensity.

Meanwhile Marbella’s streets have been turned into rivers while Hotel Playa in Las Chapas burst into flames after being hit by a lightning strike.



Sources have reported that a rural road in the area of the Sierra de Yunquera has been destroyed, leaving some 15 families stranded. 

The road links the areas of Los Llanitos and Herrizo, and has been destroyed by a landslide. 


The mayor of Yunquera said that the town hall is already working to fix the road but said it probably won’t be ready today. 

The 112 emergency service has handled more than thirty incidents of waterlogging of roads and sewerage problems in Malaga, Marbella, Estepona and Fuengirola.

The fierce wind has caused the collapse of awnings and some trees.

The bad weather has also caused delays in the departures of 13 scheduled flights from Malaga airport.

Eight arriving flights have also been delayed.

The orange alert is in place until midnight tonight.

Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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