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King Felipe reaches out to Spanish towns suffering from floods

His Majesty King Felipe of Spain has reached out to the flood-ravaged towns in Spain. The floods are impacting the area of Costa del Sol, a big tourist destination, in the south of Spain.

The King spoke on the phone to the Mayor of Cartama, Jorge Gallardo, about his concerns about the problems that the heavy flooding has caused. He wanted updates on the specific areas of Estacion de Cartama and Dona Ana, which have been the hardest hit in the region.

Mayor Jorge Gallardo told The Olive Press, “He has offered his support and hopes everything can be resolved as quickly as possible.”

The Mayor of Málaga, Francisco de la Torre, thanked His Majesty in a tweet that said, “My thanks to King Felipe VI for calling and being personally interested in the consequences of the rains affecting Malaga province.” Málaga is part of the Costa del Sol on the Mediterranean Sea. It is just one of many towns with flooded streets being impacted with the water as high as the tops of the cars in some areas.

The flooding has been caused by heavy rainfall in the area, which has claimed at least one life, a 26-year-old Romanian woman who drowned after being trapped by the rising waters. Just over the weekend, the area has seen the equivalent amount of rainfall that it usually sees in one month.

The Spanish government has issued a special safety warning after the heaviest rain since 1989 hit the southern coast. Yesterday, meteorologists in the country issued a red alert, which is the highest warning level of extreme risk, but it was eventually lowered to important risk. They also told that one hundred cubic metres of rainfall were expected from 8 pm Saturday through midnight Sunday.

Three hundred rescue workers were called in yesterday to tend to the six hundred reported emergency incidents. The rain is expected to continue through today.

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