Sunday, July 26, 2009

We’ve been there

Anyone who has been to Mojácar on the Almerian coast will recognise the Indalo man on our gate. Pam and I went there on a Thompson late deal. We knew we were flying to Almeria but had no idea which resort or hotel we would be at. As it happened we were booked into the Hotel Indalo at the end of Mojácar playa. It was an excellent hotel where we had a fabulous room with a great view. The only slight downside was that they were just starting to develop the promenade along the beach so there wasn’t anywhere nearby to walk to at night. It is very different now.

Now I read that Mojácar could be declared a disaster zone as fierce forest fires forced mass evacuations. Blazes destroyed houses in the countryside and more than 3,000 hectares of forest and caused the evacuation of 3,000 people.

As well as the beach resort of Mojácar, residents were evacuated from nearby towns including Turre - which suffered severe fires not long ago - and Alba.

Evacuees were taken to neighbouring towns Garrucha, Vera, Carboneras and Cuevas del Almanzora where temporary shelters were set up by the Red Cross and emergency services.

It seems that the Indalo man has lost some of his magic. I hope the damage isn't too severe.

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