HOMEWARD BOUND: Residents in southern Spain return home after landslide forces evacuation

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COUNCIL OFFICIALS: Met to discuss the rock fall. Credit: Ayuntamiento de Torrox

RESIDENTS of one urbanisation in Torrox, Axarquia have been told they can return to their homes after recent rock fall forced them out.

Officials allowed residents of the Calaceite neighbourhood to come home after a landslide broke windows and doors in one apartment block prompted technicians to clear the area and inspect the damage.

Technicians from the municipal ICS consulting and engineering company carried out a thorough inspection of the site, according to the community vice-president, Miguel Soto.

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He said, “initially the Local Police came shortly after the rock fall occurred and told us we should leave, but those of us who had no other place to go have stayed, and today the technicians have told us that we can continue to be here, that there is no danger in our houses.”

Soto explained he was not in the building when the rocks fell but that other neighbours had told him they had, “heard a noise, but when they looked out, they saw nothing.”

After the landslide first hit, Soto told one publication, “fortunately, nothing has happened, but we are worried and we hope that the council will fulfil its commitment to repair the damage on the hillside, which is its property,”

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