Filomena leaves more than 800 claims for compensation in its wake on the Costa del Sol

Flooded garage in Alhaurín de la Torre.
Flooded garage in Alhaurín de la Torre. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • Damage is estimated at around four million euros after the storm that also led to the deaths of two people

Storm Filomena, that swept across the south of Spain last weekend, left a trail of destruction in its wake with the majority of subsequent insurance claims being recorded on the Costa del Sol.

The initial estimates from Spain’s national insurance consortium – which pays out compensation for damage from natural weather incidents - calculate that there could be between 800 and 1,000 claims from those affected by the floods, with a total valuation of about four million euros.

Of the initial 168 claims received so far, Mijas was the most affected municipality with 94, followed by Alhaurín de la Torre (47).

Half of them relate to flooding in homes and residential developments, and the rest for vehicles and commercial premises.

Insurance assessors are already working on the ground, and it is expected that the first payments will be made at the end of this month.

Storm Filomena also damaged numerous beaches in the province in addition to affecting beach bars and promenades. No value has yet been put on those remedial works.