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Málaga and Cadiz - the calm after the storm
07 December 2016 @ 09:49

The storm that lambasted Málaga and Cadiz last week has abated, but volunteer services continue to help the locals recover from the water and mud that in many cases has flooded everything they own.

Jorge Gallardo, the mayor of Cártama in Málaga, one of the worst affected towns in Andalusia, explained how water is still being pumped out of homes and business premises and that the full extent of the damage is still being assessed.

"Despair and anger have given way to resignation," explained Gallardo, who expressed his regret at the number of locals who have lost everything.

All the affected towns and villages in Málaga and Cadiz have been hard at work for days now trying to evaluate the damage caused by the storm. "We have been asked to give an estimate in 24 hours," said Gallardo, so that on Friday the Council of Ministers can approve some aid measures.

A first estimate by the Insurance Compensation Consortium estimates damages at between 22 and 25 million euros in the province, although this figure is preliminary, and the value of damage caused on the local road network alone amounts to four million euros.

In Campo de Gibraltar some degree of normality has been restored, although in several places work still continues in order to mitigate the effects of the floods.

The towns and villages affected have a month to assess the damage and request aid, for public entities, individuals and companies that have suffered damages and losses due to the torrential rain.


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