Dozens of roads in the popular Algarve region are impassable due to torrential rains that hit southern Portugal on Thursday morning, September 23rd.

The tourist area was hit by rainstormsSource: Getty Images, Photo: JUNER PHOTOS

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The Algarve is a very popular tourist area in Portugal. It offers more than 200 kilometers of different beaches, other nature and ideal conditions for water sports. It is currently experiencing torrential rains that have caused local flooding.

Algarve floods

Local meteorological services indicate that the flood was caused by heavy rains and obstruction of many drainage wells. In less than an hour, 42 mm of rain fell.

Most difficulties in the area of ​​Castro Marim and Villa Real de Santo Antonio. Also under the water are cities located on the southeastern border with Spain, incl. Monte Gordo, Altura and Alagoa.

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The most difficult situation is in the city of Vila Real de Santo Antonio, where there are dozens of underwater streets. In some places in the center of the Portuguese city the height of the water exceeds 40 cm.

Firefighters battle the effects of floods in Portugal

In the morning, in several towns in the southeast of the Algarve, 13 fire brigades pumped water from homes, garages and basements and cleared flooded roads.

Local authorities estimate that several hundred students did not attend school due to difficulties caused by the rains.

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