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La Linea mourns dead worker as rain subsides

La Linea declared three days of mourning yesterday following the death of an electrician whose vehicle was swept into a ditch in a flash flood late Sunday.

Sergio Guardia Ruano, 36, was responding to an emergency call in one of the worst-hit areas of La Linea, which suffered extensive flooding on Sunday and Monday.

Two other men travelling in the vehicle managed to escape but Sr Guardia was trapped inside.

He was not the only fatality reported as a result of torrential rains on Sunday and Monday, the heaviest in years prompting the Spanish government to issue a public safety warning for much of southern Iberia.

A 26-year-old-woman was found dead in Estepona, a spokeswoman for Malaga's local government said.

Spain's meteorological service on Sunday issued a "red alert", its highest level of warning for "extreme risk", although it since lowered the warning one level to "important risk".



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