Thousands evacuated as floods hit southern Spain
Torrential rain lashing southern Spain has caused flooding, blocking roads and forcing the evacuation Tuesday of some 3,000 people, local authorities said.
About 30 percent of the historic centre of the southwestern town of Ecija was under some two metres (six feet) of water after the river Genil burst its banks, an AFP photographer said.
The regional government of Andalucia said the flooding forced emergency services to evacuate some 3,000 people in the town.
Dozens of homes were also evacuated and many main roads were blocked in other southwestern parts of Andalucia.
The heavy rains and strong winds have lashed Spain and Portugal since Saturday.
The bad weather is expected to continue until Wednesday and several provinces in Andalucia remain on high alert.
© 2010 AFP