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Family of seven left homeless by sea erosion

Complaints had been made six months before the accident.
Complaints had been made six months before the accident. / SUR
  • The family has been temporarily rehoused in a hostel by the Malaga council's social services

A family had to abandon their home after part of the property's foundations, patio and entrance fell into the water in the seaside district of La Araña, on the east side of the city of Malaga, last Saturday.

Nobody was injured; the 15-year-old niece of the owners was inside the house when the incident occurred but was able to get out safely from the property.

The house, which was built more than 50 years ago right on the seafront, is one of several in La Araña that are at risk of being damaged by water erosion, a danger that has been heightened by recent storms.

The family has been temporarily rehoused in a hostel by the Malaga council's social services. A complaint had been made regarding the risky conditions of the structure six months before it gave way.

The precarious situation of this and other neighbouring houses creates a danger not only for the people living in them but also for users of the beach.

Sources from city hall said that the local government is active in solving the problem.