Villanueva del Trabuco on Friday morning. Carmen Martín
A woman has lost her life in the Barriada del Puente area of Álora after torrential rain led to flooding on Friday morning. Another eleven people had to be rescued in the same area and one man has been reported missing in Pizarra. Homes in several areas of the province had to be evacuated in parts of the province of Malaga and the fire brigade have answered numerous emergency calls, mainly to rescue people trapped due to flooding.
Among the worst hit areas were Villanueva del Rosario and Villanueva del Trabuco where residents were advised to stay on high ground.
Emergency military units were brought in to help the fire services in the Vega de Antequera and Álora areas. Many rural homes were cut off by flood water and police and Guardia Civil helicopters were flying over the area to assess the situation. The Serranía de Ronda is also among the areas to have suffered most from the downpours.
The weather agency Aemet raised the rainfall warning to red during Friday morning, with orange and yellow alerts in place until Saturday.
The red alert caused numerous schools in Malaga city and province to cancel classes as a precautionary measure and asked parents to collect their children.
Aemet confirmed that in the Antequera area some 245 litres per square metre had fallen in 24 hours, 204 litres in Álora and Pujerra and 200 in Villanueva del Trabuco. The weather station in Villanueva del Rosario was inaccessible.