Wednesday, 29 March 2017

More destruction as Costa del Sol battered by storm

DESTRUCTION: waves swallow sand from beaches DESTRUCTION: waves swallow sand from beaches EWN Media Group

A STORM which has lashed the coast since yesterday continues to wreak havoc along beaches between San Pedro and Las Chapas.

Yesterday, strong waves returned causing damage to recently repaired showers and footbridges, as well as swallowing up swathes of sand on San Pedro´s beaches.

Multiple restaurants have been affected, with water and sand inundating kitchens, destroying furniture and windows. Some have had to push back their seasonal reopenings in order to repair the damage. A local waiter commented that “we have suffered five storms this winter, but none like this.”

An orange weather alert was activated on Wednesday, keeping fishing fleets in the ports as force eight winds produced five metre waves. It is estimated that Marbella´s fishermen lost around €30,000 yesterday alone.

Much of the coastline has only just recovered from the devastation caused by December’s storms, with the state spending around €1.3 million to ensure beaches are ready for Semana Santa. The work will continue despite these new setbacks.  

WASHED AWAY

WASHED AWAY: Beaches have lost most of their sand                                              ©EWN Media Group

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