flooding in Adra, Spain
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Heavy torrential rains and massive flooding have turned the streets of a Spanish town into fast-flowing rivers that literary washed away cars and even large trucks, a YouTube video shows.

The small town of Adra, in the Almeria province of southern Spain, has been the worst affected by the rains. Its streets have been turned into fast-flowing currents of water that swept away cars and trucks.

A spokesman for the local council said the rain "intensified in the town at around 11:45 a.m." on Monday, causing damage to "garages, basements, shops and homes," the La Voz de Almería newspaper reported.

Spain's southern coast has been battling severe flooding caused by heavy rains for several days. At least one fatality was reported, with a 61-year-old man killed when his car was washed away in the town of Polopos, in the province of Granada.

Several provinces, including Valencia, Alicante, Granada and Almeria, were issued with weather alerts by Spain's Civil Protection Service. Almeria alone has received 56 emergency calls in recent days.

Europa Press reported that at least seven international flights have been diverted from Malaga to Seville due to the heavy rains.

Some Spaniards tried to look on the bright side, however.

"Start of the holidays, flooding at Malaga airport," joked one Twitter user, Pedro Cabrera.