DAMAGES caused by heavy rains over the weekend have been estimated at up to €7 million.
The Mayor of Motril, Carlos Rojas, and the Carchuna-Calahonda area authorities confirmed the amount after a meeting to coordinate how improvements will be carried out and financial help will be granted.
The farming sector has been the worst affected, with more than 60 hectares of greenhouses, as well as streets, houses and facilities in the area. Farmers estimated that at least three million kilos of produce has been destroyed, amounting to €1.2 million, although the amount could increase over the coming weeks due to produce rotting.
Local authorities say this is a catastrophe for the area where most residents live off the land or farming businesses, although it will also affect Motril as a town.
Meanwhile, children at the Virgen del Mar School in Calahonda, where 55 litres per square metre fell in just two hours on Saturday, were kept off school on Monday as a safety measure, as the playground was flooded and there were numerous lorries in the area carrying out cleaning operations.
The work to repair the devastating effects of the rains is being carried out by Motril firemen, staff from the Junta de Andalucia Council for Public Works and local cleaning company Limdeco.