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IN PICS: Homes evacuated and roads closed as southeastern Spain hit by rainstorms

Torrential rain across Almeria and Murcia caused flooding and forced the evacuation of dozens of homes overnight. The whole of Spain’s southern Mediterranean coast from Malaga to Valencia were affected by the downpours.

IN PICS: Homes evacuated and roads closed as southeastern Spain hit by rainstorms
File photo of flooding in Orihuela. Photo: AFP

Spain’s state meteorological agency issued orange alerts signifying “important risk” of flooding as a weather phenomenon known as a DANA  (isolated depression at high levels) swept across coastal areas in the southeastern Spain.

 

The towns of Los Alcazares and San Javier and surrounding areas were the worst hit after storms saw 100 litres of water fall per square metre on Tuesday morning.

Images showed flooded streets as roads became impassable and schools were suspended.

Residents rushed to shore up their properties from rising waters and dozens of homes in Los Nietos and Los Urrutias in the Campo Cartagena had to evacuated as waters showed no signs of receeding.  

The Guadalentín Valley and the area around Lorca and Águilas were also adversely affected.

The whole of Spain’s southern Mediterranean coast from Malaga to Valencia was hit by the storms which were also heading towards the Balearic Islands and Catalonia.

Yellow alerts were in place across much of the coastline with warnings of high winds above 80kmph and waves up to 4metres high.

The most rainfall was recorded in the Murcia region around the Mar Menor which could provoke further damage to the water table.

Storms in the region in September provoked an environmental crisis causing tens of thousands of dead fish to wash up on the shores of the Mar Menor, Europe’s largest salt water lagoon.

Flooding was repeated further north towards Alicante, around Orihuela, an area that suffered the worst flooded for a century back in September. 

 

 

Up the coast in Gandia, just south of Valencia, the streets were also flooded.

Authorities in Murcia informed drivers of road closures via their twitter account; 

 

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Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings

Nine Spanish regions were put on alert on Tuesday for heavy snow, rain and strong winds, with the country's traffic authorities calling for people taking holidays this long weekend to head home early to avoid the worst of the bad weather.

Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings
Vehicles stuck in traffic due to a heavy snowfall near Burgos, northern Spain, in March 2021. Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP

Aragón, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Navarra and the Basque Country will be on orange alert from Tuesday for snow storms, while Asturias, Cantabria, La Rioja and La Comunidad Valenciana are on the less-severe yellow alert, Spain’s State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) announced.

A slight increase in temperatures will increase the risk of avalanches in the Pyrenees and the central Cantabrian mountain range.

Some roads in the north of the country are already being affected by snow and are being restricted to some traffic such as trucks and heavy vehicles.

Spain’s traffic authority (DGT) called on residents in the northern half of the country to return early from the puente (long weekend) marked by the public holidays of December 6 and 8, ahead of heavy snow forecast for Wednesday.

Of the 108 main roads affected by the heavy snow in Spain, almost half of them are in the northeastern region Aragón.

Aragón, Catalonia and Navarra are at risk of avalanches, according to data from Aemet, while a storm warning has been issued for the coastal areas of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Catalonia and the Basque country.

Heavy rainfall is expected in Galicia, extending to Cantabria and the western Pyrenees.

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