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Heavy rains causes this slippage in Gran Canaria 

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These dramatic pictures show the extent of a road collapse on Gran Canaria.

The massive cavern and rock-slide was caused in October when the Canary Islands suffered bad weather and very heavy rain.

Not surprisingly, this stretch of road on the GC-550 has been closed to traffic until repairs have been completed. Emergency repair work has now started, the Cabildo has announced.

This stretch of road is known as “Los Cuchillos” and connects Santa Lucía de Tirajana and Agüimes. It takes about 1,200 cars a day.

The heavy rain caused slippage of the retaining wall which stood 14 metres high and an area of 60 square metres of the road surface was wiped out.

Technicians from the department of public works of the Cabildo believe the road will back open to traffic in about two and a half months, with the whole project completed a month or so later.