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The river Turón in Ardales burst its banks, cutting off some outlying hamlets.
The river Turón in Ardales burst its banks, cutting off some outlying hamlets. / SUR

Heavy rain brings floods to inland Malaga as wind batters the coast

  • Four people are reported to have suffered minor injuries when a train partially derailed near Teba

  • Four roads had to be closed on Thursday in the province as up to 140mm of rain fell

Heavy rainfall across southern Spain from Wednesday night through until Thursday afternoon brought damage and disruption to many parts of inland Malaga province.

The downpours especially left their mark in Ardales where the river Turón burst its banks, cutting off many residents in the lower part of the town who required emergency assistance.

Significant damage was caused in the Teba area.

Significant damage was caused in the Teba area. / SUR

Schools were also closed for the day, the town’s mayor Juan Alberto Naranjo told SUR, after an accumulated 142 millimetres of rain fell in the area.

Flooding was also reported on several properties in the town’s industrial estate, while access to various outlying hamlets was blocked as the Arroyo El Perro overflowed.

Teba too suffered flooding in the lower part of the municipality, where a primary school had to be evacuated.

Derailed train

A train on the Madrid-Algeciras line also derailed between Almargen and Campillos on Thursday evening and four people were reported to have suffered minor injuries.

In Ronda, a downpour left 32 millimetres in just one hour and the water entered commercial premises, basements and garages.

Several roads were closed due to flooding, landslides and the accumulation of mud and stones on the road: the MA-7300 from Igualeja to Pujerra; the MA-6404 (Campillos-Teba); the MA-6407 (Campillos-El Saucejo) and the MA-6406 in Almargen.

A train partially derailed on the Madrid-Algeciras line.

A train partially derailed on the Madrid-Algeciras line. / SUR

The larger portion of incidents reported on Thursday were caused by strong winds with gusts of up to 85 km/h in Nerja, 83 in Torrox, 76 in Álora and 73 in Malaga Port, according to the Spanish Met Office, Aemet.

Wind damage

The majority of incidents involved falling trees and branches, damage to road signs, street furniture and awnings. There were also isolated fires caused by lightning strikes in Malaga city, Alhaurín de la Torre, Cártama, Vélez-Málaga and Torremolinos.

The amber weather warning for heavy rain was lifted on Thursday afternoon but more rain, albeit much lighter, is expected on Friday night and into the early hours of Saturday. Warnings for rough seas and wind are expected to return today, Friday.