Spanish firefighter dies as flash flooding hits south


MADRID (AP) – A Spanish firefighter died while emergency services responded to flash floods caused by heavy rain in southern Spain, authorities said Sunday.

The firefighter went missing when his truck overturned on a flooded road overnight, according to emergency services in the southern region of Andalusia. Two other firefighters traveling with him were rescued, but he was swept away.

His body was found hours later on Sunday morning after a search. The firefighter was found seven kilometers (about four miles) from where he fell into the rushing waters, regional lawmaker Elias Bendodo said.

Video showed fast-flowing water flooding homes, streets and bridges in the southern province of Malaga.

One train bridge was knocked down. At least six highways were closed and authorities suspended train services in the area.

Spain’s weather service has issued a red alert – its highest warning – for the area.

“We have a long day ahead of us,” regional president Susana Diaz said. “Until 6 p.m. (1600 GMT; 12 p.m. EDT) we need to remain cautious.”

Last week, 13 people died in flooding on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

Lightning strikes ground on the outskirts of the village of Campillos, Spain, where heavy rain and floods caused much damage and the death of a firefighter according to Spanish authorities Sunday, Oct. 21 2018. Emergency services for the southern region of Andalusia say that the firefighter went missing when his truck overturned on a flooded road during heavy rain that fell through the night, and his body was found after a search Sunday morning. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)