Tuesday 17 September 2019

Torrential rain causes third death in south-eastern Spain

Forecasters have maintained their alerts in the region, warning of ‘extreme risk’ from downpours.

Two people drowned in floodwater, in Caudete, Spain (Atlas/AP)
Two people drowned in floodwater, in Caudete, Spain (Atlas/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Heavy storms in south-east Spain have claimed another life, bringing the death toll from recent bad weather to three.

Officials in the city of Alicante, on the Mediterranean coast, said a person was trapped in a car when it drove into a flooded tunnel on Friday morning.

Spanish state broadcaster TVE reported that police were able to rescue two other people travelling in the vehicle.

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A flooded river in Ontiyente (Atlas/AP)

On Thursday, emergency services found a 51-year-old woman and her 61-year-old brother dead inside an overturned car.

Spanish weather service AEMET has maintained its alert for the region, saying it is “at extreme risk” from torrential downpours.

Local authorities have asked residents to avoid driving and have closed schools.

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