Monday 14 October, 2019

Death toll now 6 in torrential rains in southeastern Spain

Authorities say record rainfall in southeastern Spain has claimed two more lives, taking the death toll to six from the storms that have flooded roads and towns.

 

A fifth victim was found late on Friday night by police in the village of Redován. News agency Europa Press reported that police said the 58-year-old man was swept away by rushing waters when he got out of his vehicle.

A sixth victim was confirmed by authorities on Saturday — a 41-year-old man in the town of Orihuela, where the river Segura overflowed its banks on Friday.

Rescue workers saved thousands of people from rising waters on Friday as the record rainfall pounded southeastern Spain, closing airports, trains, roads and schools.

Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez flew over the devastated areas on Saturday.

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