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Flash floods kill 10 in southern Spain, injures 35 people

The provinces of Malaga and Almeria were the hardest hit, after strong flooding caused by heavy rains overturned cars and forced evacuations.

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Southern Spain flash floods kill 8, injuring 35 people - 15 of which were critically injured. Authorities expect more casualties after heavy rains caused massive flooding near Malaga. (JORGE GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)

Flash floods in southern Spain have killed at least ten people and injured over 35.

The provinces of Malaga and Almeria were the hardest hit, after strong flooding caused by heavy rains overturned cars and forced evacuations.

BBC reported that 9.6 inches of rain fell on Friday, according to reports from Spain's weather agency.

In total, 600 people have been evacuated from the Andalucia region, which counts Malaga and Almeria as subregions.

"In Malaga province, there are 800 staff working to return things to normal as quickly as possible," said emergency services spokeswoman Pilar Limon, according to France 24.

"The rains are decreasing and seem to be shifting towards Granada and Almeria" further east.

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To add to the chaos, a tornado touched down at a fairground in a town further north of Malaga knocking over a ferris wheel and injuring 35 people, reported SkyNews.

Among the dead was a 10-year-old child along with three adults in the Murcia region.

Two other children were found drowned in a car in the southeastern town of Puerto Lumbreras, reported SkyNews

Several elderly people also died when flood waters hit their homes.

The torrential rain comes at the end of a long drought in the region, which was marked by scorchingly hot temperatures.

Estimates of the damage caused by the flooding has yet to be calculated.

 

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