Damage caused by last week's downpours estimated at more than 15 million euros

Coín was badly affected by the weather.
Coín was badly affected by the weather. / F. T.
  • Cártama, Alhaurín el Grande, Coín and Monda were among the worst hit areas

As the clean-up operation continues, the damage caused by last week's downpours in the province of Malaga was estimated on Friday as being worth 15.8 million euros. This first figure, offered by the Consorcio de Compensación de Seguros - a central government insurance body which covers damage caused by natural phenomena - is expected to vary over the next few days as the full extent of the damage is assessed and more claims registered.

By Friday the majority of claims processed, explained the central government delegate in the province of Malaga, María Gámez, were for damage caused to vehicles mainly in the Marbella and San Pedro Alcántara area, which make up around 20 per cent of the 15-million estimate.

The rest of the claims were for damaged caused to homes and garages. The CSS steps in to compensate owners of insured property when the damages are not covered by the insurance companies.

In Coín on Friday the mayor Fernando Fernández had not estimated the exact cost of repairing damage caused to infrastructure but he indicated that losses amounted to "millions" of euros.

One of the main problems in Coín was that the San Román bridge which provides access to a large rural area was washed away. Another bridge, known as the Puente de los Tubos was also damaged.

The situation in Monda was "complicated" said the mayor Francisco Sánchez on Friday, who added that then there were still people who couldn't return to their homes. He didn't want to offer an economic estimate of the damage caused but did say that it would take "a lot of money and hard work" to get things back to normal. The areas of La Vega and Alpujata were worst hit.


Work in areas most affected by the rain and flash floods in Marbella, where the town hall made an emergency sum of a million euros available to repair damage to roads and infrastructure, was due to start on Monday.