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WATCH: Madrid Metro flooded as heavy rain in Spain lingers

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WATCH: Madrid Metro flooded as heavy rain in Spain lingers
Madrid residents have filmed hundreds of videos showing how heavy rain has flooded numerous metro stations across the city: Screenshots: Twitter

Heavy rain and flooding caused by Storm Efraín have affected different parts of Spain in recent days. The downpours have also swept through Spain's capital, flooding streets and numerous Madrid Metro stations.

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The torrential rains affecting large parts of Spain this week have reached Madrid and flooded its metro system, causing the closure of several lines.

Though Spain may not have had the snowfall that much of northern Europe currently has, central and southern areas of the country have experienced heavy rains, very strong winds and flooding.

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The arrival of Storm Efraín has brought adverse weather to 35 provinces that have been on alert. In some parts of the country, it hasn't stopped raining for over a week.

That's been the case in Madrid, where heavy rain on Tuesday and Wednesday has seen Spanish social media fill up with images and videos of the capital's metro system completely flooded by the heavy rainfall.

The steps of Quevedo station, in Madrid's Trafalgar neighbourhood, were like a river on Wednesday night with a constant stream of rainwater rushing into the station.

 

The Banco de España station, close to the famous Paseo del Prado in central Madrid, has been completely flooded and is closed.

Emergency services across the Madrid region responded to 323 incidents related to flooding including the metro stations, disrupted traffic, fallen trees and damage to homes and buildings. 

One Madrileño saw the funny side of things however, joking that 'they say Madrid doesn't have a beach', and adding 'Point of View: You forgot your bikini'.

 

Footage shared on Twitter also shows the Puerta del Sol station inundated with rainwater, described as a 'wasteland'.

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The flooding has caused partial or full closures on Madrid Metro lines 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 11.

Commuters who still tried to use the metro have been faced with rainwater working its way all the way down to the platform, and even leaking into the train carriages, as seen here.

 

More footage shared online shows that many Madrid streets have also been flooded, with some tunnels and roads being completely blocked off for cars, causing traffic jams in the process.

Opposition party Más Madrid has compiled a video with all the most eye-catching footage of the floods in order to criticise right-wing city officials for not having the right drainage installed across the city to avoid Madrid grinding to a halt whenever there is heavy rain or snow.

But even in rural areas of the Madrid region where tarmac and drainage can't be blamed for the flooding, stair rods of rain came down on Wednesday, as in La Pedriza area of the Guadarrama mountain range where Madrid's Manzanares river runs through.

According to Spain's Aemet weather agency, it will continue raining on Thursday and Friday in Madrid, with some respite over the weekend but more rain forecast for next week.

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