Madrid, At least five people have died and around 3,500 have been evacuated from their homes after flash floods hit south-eastern Spain. Many rivers burst their banks as some areas of Valencia, Murcia and eastern Andalucía saw the heaviest rainfall on record, The Guardian reported.
According to the Almeria Police, a middle-aged man died in the early hours of Friday after his car became trapped in a tunnel that flooded in minutes. The city’s mayor, Ramón Fernandez-Pacheco, told Cadena Ser radio that police officers managed to rescue two of the three people in the vehicle but one occupant remained inside.
Another man died in his car in Granada province on Friday, according to local authorities, who said the vehicle was found submerged in mud and water. A man who had been missing since leaving his home on foot earlier on Friday was also found dead in the village of Redovan in Valencia.
Earlier on Thursday, a 51-year-old woman and her 61-year-old brother were found dead in an overturned car that floodwaters had washed away in Caudete, about 60 miles (100km) south of Valencia. Meanwhile, Spain’s acting Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, said the military emergency unit had been deployed and he sent his condolences to the families of the dead.
‘A difficult and intense night. Some areas remain on alert amid torrential rains. Sadly we are mourning a third victim in Almería. All my love to the families of those who have died and to all those affected by the weather. Let’s step up the precautions,’ he tweeted on Friday.
Almería and Murcia airports remained closed on Friday because of the heavy rains. Several railway lines and many schools in the region were also shut down by the adverse weather conditions.