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Cars submerged as floods wreak havoc in southeastern Spain

2019-09-13 15:34
Floods wreaked havoc and caused severe damage across various locations in southeastern Spain on Friday (September 13), after a heavy spell of wind and torrential rain lashed the region, claiming two more victims and taking the total death toll to four. In the city of Orihuela in the province of Alicante, the overflowing of the River Segura caused difficulties for those leaving or entering the region, according to local police. One man died in the Andalucian city of Almeria after trying to cross a tunnel by car, mayor Ramon Fernandez Pacheco said, whilst another person died in Granada after being trapped in their vehicle. Two siblings also died on Thursday (September 12) in the region of Castilla La Mancha, when torrential rain dragged their car. The mayor of Castello de la Ribera, Oscar Noguera, said he was worried about the effect the floods would have on agricultural land and that an estimation would be carried out once the floods had subsided and some time had passed. Heavy rainfall in the regions of Valencia and Murcia swept away cars and debris and forced the evacuation of hundreds of people, including from flooded highways. Two airports, local train networks and dozens of roads were closed, and tourists were also left stranded in Alicante airport. Credit: FORTA