MALAGA province is no longer in an emergency situation, with the provincial council having withdrawn the Level 1 Flood Alert just after 2pm on Monday, December 5, and the meteorological agency doing likewise with its yellow warning at 4pm.
Council president Elias Bendodo and delegates from the Junta de Andalucia and the state security forces made the decision following a meeting of the technical committee for civil emergencies.
As the floodwaters continue to recede across the region, official figures reveal that there have been 1,199 separate incidents requiring the attention of emergency services, with over 500 firefighters, police officers and paramedics involved.
A total of 76 people were rescued and the ministries of the Junta will now release funds to help deal with the extensive damage caused by the torrential rains.
Malaga council is to open a ‘damage office’ to coordinate delivery of the aid as cleanup operations intensify.
Andalucian president Susana Diaz remained in Malaga overnight after visiting Cartama yesterday evening, and today travelled to Marbella and Estepona, where she visited the bull ring and a local health centre which was inundated on Sunday.
“Yesterday I spoke to President Mariano Rajoy…and I will keep in touch with the government so that I can get an important [aid] package for the area approved on Friday,” she said. “I am in touch with all the local mayors and I have to thank them all for collaborating.”
The national interior minister, Jose Ignacio Zoido, visited the emergency centre in Malaga City last night, while Andalucia’s environment minister, Jose Fiscal, has been assessing the damage in Casares and Sabinillas.
A full report on the floods will appear in this Thursday’s Euro Weekly News.
EWN client Yorkshire Linen on Marbella’s Golden Mile were among those local businesses hit by the floods.