There was a landslip around 06.00h on the 13th just above the Curumbico Beach. That’s the next one on from Cabria Beach in Taramay, Almuñécar.
Building work was taking place there, which appears to have caused a retaining wall holding back a lane to collapse. The said wall actually divides two separate urbanizaciones; one finished, one going up.
Since then the Town Hall Surveyor, Eduardo Zurita issued the following statement:
“We went round to the affected area and saw that a landslip had occurred, mainly because insufficient precautions had been taken during excavation work going on beneath a pre-existing retaining wall, undermining its foundations,” he claimed.
In the meantime time, the building site (except in the area where safety work has to be carried out) and the affected nearby houses have been cordoned off.
The building developer, Almugran Inversiones, who obtained all the required permits and licences to carry out the building work, also has to rebuild the access lane, which had subsided.
However, according to the developer, sewage drain offs from the houses above over the decades has had filtered down through the rock, weakening it, which provoked the collapse.
The fact is that just about all of the houses that exist on the Barranco del Curumbico lack sewage disposal; i.e., are not connected up to the municipal sewage system. Some have drain aways rather than emptiable septic tanks.
The site engineer says that the area where they were excavating was oozing sewage water and that in places the diggers had come across pockets of loose sand within the rock, which had been eaten out by the sewage water seeping down over the decades.
The developer has backed its version of why the incident took place by taking samples of the water coming out of the rock. These samples confirm the presence of faeces bacteria. They say that the Mancomunidad also took samples some years back and found the same.
Finally, the site surveyor says that they are fed up with trying to tell the Town Hall what the problem has been since they started developing the lower hillside in 2014, calling on the Town Hall to install a sewage network on the hillside, connected up to the main municipal system… but to no avail. They also point out that the Town Hall is obliged to provide public lighting and rain & sewage drainage, amongst other infrastructure.
Editorial comment: How the hell has anybody been allowed to build so close to the sea in the first place?
(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)