Heavy rains flood Madrid Metro system

Heavy rains in recent days have made travel on Madrid's extensive underground rail system a headache for commuters, with pictures of the chaos flooding social media sites.

After a long, dry spring and summer, rain has returned to the Spanish capital in a big way.

Emergency service workers were called 187 times on Saturday night alone as the city struggled with everything from fallen branches to property damage. 

Madrid's Metro system has suffered too, with plenty of images of people wading through murky water appearing on Twitter.

Some treated the whole issue with a sense of humour: 

"LATEST NEWS: A new swimming public swimming pool opens in Madrid."

"On the Madrid Metro there are days when you arrive late, but today you could have gone swimming." 

Others, meanwhile, had a more serious political comment to make. 

"Who does the government of the Community of Madrid blame for the Madrid flooding? The ticket salespeople?" wrote Javier Andrés — a reference to the fact that the regional spokesperson on health Javier Rodríguez recently blamed Teresa Romero, the Spanish nurse with Ebola, for catching the disease.

"Madrid Metro fly….No. Dives."

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