RED ALERT: Dead body of firefighter found as SEVERE weather warnings in Malaga and south of Spain extended

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RED ALERT: Severe weather warning extended in Malaga, Ronda and Antequera. Photo credit: Twitter / @AytoAntequera

SPAIN’S state Met Office, AEMET, has extended the RED ALERT severe weather warning for Malaga, Antequera and Ronda until at least midday today (Sunday).

Overnight Ardales had recorded almost 400 litres of rain during the day – with 99 per cent of it collected in a 12-hour period.

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Malaga accumulated 70 per cent of it’s annual average rainfall over a similar period.

It is reported that some dams in the province are releasing water as they have been inundated with torrential rain.

The 112 Andalucia emergency services have been flloded with more than 500 calls for assistance, mainly from across the Sevilla and Malaga provinces.

An emergency control point has been set up at Antequera fire station in one of the worst affected areas.

Overnight one firefighter was reported missing after a fire engine overturned on the road from Teba to Campillos. Two colleagues escaped to safety but he was washed away in the torrent and his body was found this morning.

In a Tweet his colleagues said: “Our colleague José Gil has died in the act of service. Our heartfelt condolences to your family. DEP friend and thank you for dedicating your life to watch out for others.”

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