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22 Oct 2018 | 03:47 AM UTC

Spain: Deadly flash floods in Málaga October 20-21 /update 2

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Heavy rains cause deadly flash floods in Málaga province on October 20-21, with additional rainfall possible; lingering transportation disruptions expected over the near-term

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/18/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/22/2018, 11:59 PM (Europe/Madrid). COUNTRY/REGION Málaga, Costa del Sol

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Rainfall totals of 40 cm (15.7 in) over a period of 24-hours caused flash flooding in Málaga province, killing one person overnight (local time) on Saturday, October 20 to Sunday, October 21. The Spanish metrological agency AEMET extended red-alert weather warnings in Málaga province, Costa del Sol, and in the Guadalhorce river valley, through the evening hours on October 21. Further severe weather and heavy rainfall is expected in the area, which may complicate rescue efforts. Transportation disruptions and power outages are possible due to potential flooding and infrastructural damage.  


Individuals in the affected areas should monitor local weather reports, confirm travel plans, avoid low-lying areas, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Remember that walking or driving through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater and chemical products; all items having come into contact with floodwater should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.


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