Rivers burst their banks as some areas of Valencia, Murcia and eastern Andalusía, in Spain, as a result of record-breaking rain in south-east Spain over the past two days.
Entire towns submerged after south-east was battered by severe storms. Cascades of water submerged roads. Vehicles were swept away by rushing flood waters. At least six people have died as a result of record-breaking rain. A tornado formed in Alicante. Some areas were affected by power cuts. Torrents of water led to the closure of roads, railways and airports. A total of 74 roads were closed.
Municipalities decided to close schools. Spain’s acting interior minister Fernando Grande Marlaska called the floods “a serious tragedy”, and said the railway link between Madrid and Barcelona had been shut. Three small but destructive tornadoes were also triggered by winds of up to 100km per hour in Xábia, Dénia and Guardamar.Thousands of police, fire-fighters and soldiers have been deployed in a rescue operation, some in boats and helicopters. Military emergency units were in the streets. Thousands were evacuated. This year’s event is being described as the worst since 1987.