<pre><pre>Floods tear southern Spain, killing firefighter | News

The heavy night rain spread through the streets and forced hundreds of people to leave their homes in the province of Malaga, southern Spain, on Sunday, killing a firefighter, the fire service said.

In the city of Campillos, the cars were picked up and transported by the high waters and left as piles of rubble when the floods stopped.

According to the department of environment of the regional government, almost 400 millimeters of rain fell in 24 hours in the city of Ardales, which is located about 62 km from the main city of Malaga.

A firefighter died while the emergency services responded to floods caused by heavy rains in southern Spain, Spanish authorities said.

Emergency services for the southern region of Andalusia said the firefighter disappeared when his truck overturned on a road flooded during heavy rains on Saturday night. His body was found after a search on Sunday morning.

The Spanish weather service issued a red alert – its highest warning – for the area. The heavens are clearing. The fine, dry and sunny climate is moving now as the difficult task of cleaning starts.

Al Jazeera and news agencies.