Costa Del Sol Storm Relief Effort Underway. Expats are coming together to offer shelter, food, and social media access to those affected by the severe storms which have hit the Costa Del Sol today
Costa Del Sol Storm Relief Effort Underway
A severe storm has hit the Costa Del Sol today, leaving many expat families without essentials like electricity and hot water. An emergency relief effort is now underway, with local communities working alongside local authorities to restore power and services.
The fierce storm which struck at 6am today has been named Storm Baldrick. Riviera Del Sol resident Carol Kirkwood said “The storm was completely unexpected. Local radio stations have only been warning us about it for two days, it just came out of nowhere”.
Expat communities are already assessing damage caused by Storm Baldrick. Rob McElwee from Coastal Ordnance Crisis Knowlegde says “Our early analysis suggests that the repair bill could come to tens of Euros, but the real cost is the human cost. We’ve got families without access to essential supplies, families who need help here and now, families who haven’t been able to update their Facebook pages for hours.”
Emergency Drop In Centres
Emergency drop in centres have been set up at various point on the Costa Del Sol. These will provide shelter, food, and emergency social media access to those who have been left without services by the storm.
Sara Blizzard is originally from Birmingham, she says “I’m not from Birmingham actually, I’m from Castle Vale. We’ve been without access to Facebook for seven hours today, it’s been difficult, especially for the kids. There’s no way for us to know what the weather is like at the moment if we can’t see status updates from our friends. This drop in centre has been a lifeline for us”.
John Kettley from Torremolinos says the drop in centre has been a welcome relief. “My wife and I were able to have our first wash in three weeks, I’m so happy that these centres have been established to help us expats at this difficult time”.
Local weather experts have said that this storm is even worse than the severe weather which injured a British man on the Costa Del Sol recently. You can read about that here.
Tourists are already demanding compensation from travel firms who did not warn them about the bad weather. Ray Ban is staying in Puerto Banus and says the bad weather has ruined his family holiday. “We were expecting a full week of sunshine, and now it’s raining it has ruined our plans. We don’t want to look at museums and interesting things like that, we want to sit on the beach. Someone is going to have to pay for this”.
Costa Del Sol Roads
Motorists have been describing conditions on the Costa Del Sol roads today as chaotic and dangerous. Mark Blundell from Estepona told Costa Del Sol Update “Things out there have been as chaotic and manic as normal, I nearly died three times on my way to work this morning which is no more than usual. I don’t think the storms are affecting the roads”.
An emergency fund has now been set up to help pay for repairs and restore essential services. If you would like to contribute to the disaster relief fund, please click here.
Have you been affected by the Costa Del Storms? Tell us in the comments box below!
Written by Gail Forswynds, Costa Del Sol Update. 18.10.2017
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