Three people killed, tunnels flooded as torrential rains hit southern Spain

Three people killed, tunnels flooded as torrential rains hit southern Spain
# 13 September 2019 17:42 (UTC +04:00)

Three people have been killed in two days of torrential rains in southeastern Spain, where emergency services have rescued people stuck in flooded tunnels and an airport, local train networks and dozens of roads were closed on Friday, APA reports citing Reuters.

Floods swept away cars and debris and forced the evacuation of hundreds of people, including from submerged highways, in the regions of Valencia and Murcia. Road tunnels in some areas were flooded almost up to the tunnel lighting, and some vehicles were almost fully submerged. A man died in Almeria on Friday after trying to drive through a flooded tunnel, rescue services said. Two siblings had died on Thursday when torrential rain dragged their car away.

Some affected areas saw record daily rainfall for the month of September: “The situation is critical, all the municipality is full of water,” Mario Cervera, mayor of the town of Alcazares, one of the most affected in Murcia, told Spain’s state-run TVE channel. Rescue workers were using a helicopter and boats in various areas, he said.

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