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Post  Panda on Sat 29 Sep - 9:55

As if Spain hasn't had enough to cope with, unemployment at record levels, austerity measures leading to protest marches, forest fires and now this............I do feel sorry for the people .

.29 September 2012 Last updated at 09:46









Spain floods: Eight die in Malaga, Almeria and Murcia





Spain's weather agency said that up to 245 litres (65 gallons) of water per square metre had fallen on Friday morning alone

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At least eight people have died after heavy rains triggered flash floods in southern Spain, officials have said.

Among the victims were an elderly woman and a young girl.

The strength of the floods overturned cars, closed roads, damaged homes and forced hundreds to leave their properties.

The hardest hit areas were the provinces of Malaga and Almeria, and the Murcia region.

At least 600 people had to be evacuated from their homes in the Andalucia region, which contains Malaga and Almeria, officials said.

Some 24.5 cm (9.6 in) of rain fell on Friday morning alone, according to Spain's weather agency.

A regional government spokesperson in Malaga told AFP news agency the rains were decreasing and seemed to be shifting towards Granada and Almeria.

However, torrential rain and violent thunderstorms are predicted to continue in the south of the country over the weekend.

'Hit hard'

The deaths of five adults and a child have been confirmed:


  • An elderly woman died when a river broke its banks and floodwater hit her home in Alora, north of Malaga
  • Three people died in Almeria
  • Three adults and a nine-year old girl were killed in Murcia

Caroline Zartash-Lloyd, who runs a small hotel in Alora, told BBC News that her neighbours had lost livestock, including pigs, hens, horses and donkeys, which could be seen floating in the flood waters.


Local people would be hit particularly hard, she suggested, because it was a poor part of Spain with unemployment of 30% and few people could afford insurance.

"Cars were washed away and we lost a large bridge in Alora and another sizeable bridge in [the village of] El Valle de Abadeljais," she said.

"The farmland was completely washed away, just after the farmers had stopped ploughing. Thankfully they had not started seeding. Many people have been left without electricity or phone lines."

Ms Zartash-Lloyd praised the local authorities for their response to the crisis.

The heavy rains in parts of the south follow months of drought and high temperatures across Spain which triggered dozens of wildfires.





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Re: Flooding in Spain

Post  Krisy22 on Sat 29 Sep - 10:36

So Sorry for the people of Spain. Just seem to be having everything thrown at them. I really wish them better times to come.

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Re: Flooding in Spain

Post  Panda on Sat 29 Sep - 10:55

Krisy22 wrote:So Sorry for the people of Spain. Just seem to be having everything thrown at them. I really wish them better times to come.

Yes Krisy22.........I was only the other day talking to the Owner of a Stationer's who had just returned from Spain. He said the unemployment rate for the over 20's is 50% and teenagers 25%. With these climate changes causing such damage, Tourism next year will be affected. How much more can these people take?

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Re: Flooding in Spain

Post  Panda on Sat 29 Sep - 20:22

Spain Flash Floods: Death Toll Rises To Ten


Children are among the dead as southern Spain is hit by torrential rain, with a British woman feared missing.


4:49pm UK, Saturday 29 September 2012



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  • At least 600 people had to be evacuated from their homes in the Andalusia province, regional officials say.

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  • Several vehicles lie battered and damaged by the muddy floodwaters.

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  • A motorist attempts to drive through the floodwaters.

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  • Heavy rain has flooded streets and homes in the town of Bobadilla, near Malaga.

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  • Residents observe the damage to a bridge after a river bursts its banks.

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  • Homeowners in the town of Villanueva del Trabuco, near Malaga, count the cost of the flood damage.

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  • Adults and children are rescued by emergency workers.

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  • The flooding in Villanueva del Trabuco also overturned cars.

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  • The torrential downpours came after months of drought.

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  • Residents try to salvage items washed away by the floodwaters in Villanueva del Trabuco, near Malaga.

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  • A man looks at the flooded streets from underneath a damaged shutter in Villanueva del Trabuco, near Malaga.

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  • The clean-up gets under way.

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At least ten people have been killed and hundreds evacuated from their homes after flash floods swept through southern Spain.

After months of drought, torrential rain has flooded streets and homes, brought down a motorway bridge, and swept cars down roads that have been turned into rivers.

The hardest hit areas are the Mediterranean provinces of Malaga in the south and Murcia and Almeria in the southeast.

Regional officials said nine people have died and at least 600 people have been moved from their homes.

Among the dead are a young boy and a girl who were found drowned in a car in the southeastern town of Puerto Lumbreras, according to Spanish National radio.

The body of a woman in the town of Lorca, which was badly damaged by an earthquake last year, has also been discovered.
Flooding has hit southern parts of Spain
A 52-year-old British woman is reportedly among those feared missing in Almeria.

A regional government spokesman said: "In Malaga province, there are 800 staff working to return things to normal as quickly as possible. The rains are decreasing and seem to be shifting towards Granada and Almeri."

Up to 245 litres (65 gallons) of water per square metre (11 square feet) fell in the area on Friday morning alone, Spain's weather agency reported.

A flight was diverted to Seville as it headed to Malaga, which lies east of the resort city of Marbella on the Costa del Sol, the airports authority said.

At least two motorways have been closed and some public transport disrupted, officials said.

The flooding comes after months of virtual drought and soaring summer temperatures all over Spain that triggered thousands of wildfires.

Meanwhile, a tornado swept through a fair ground in the main square of Gandia in Valencia, in eastern Spain, on Friday night, knocking down a ferris wheel and injuring 35 workers.

Some 15 of the injured were seriously hurt. The storm damaged several rides and cut electricity to the site, which was closed at the time.




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Re: Flooding in Spain

Post  Panda on Sat 29 Sep - 20:33

I think Valencia is one of the Spanish Provinces which is autonamous and it's Banks looking for a bail-out from the ESM.

The cost of this flooding, not just in lives , but repair and renewal will be astronomical for an already impoverished area.

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Tornado Hits Fair

Post  Panda on Sun 30 Sep - 8:00

Spain: Tornado Hits Fair As Floods Kill 10



Ten people die in flash floods in southern Spain, a British woman is missing and dozens are hurt after a tornado hits a fair.


6:17am UK, Sunday 30 September 2012



Video: Some 35 people were injured in Valencia as a tornado hit a fairground
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  • A tornado has swept through a fair ground in a Spanish town, knocking down a Ferris wheel in Gandia, Valencia.

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  • Thirty-five people - all fairground workers - were injured.

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  • It happened as the southern regions of Andalusia and Murcia were deluged by torrential downpours.

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  • The fair was closed to the public at the time of a thunderstorm, media reports said.

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  • The twister damaged several rides and cut electricity in the temporary fair set up in the main square of the town.

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  • The severe weather caused a cargo ship to run aground at Saler beach near Valencia.

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  • At least 600 people had to be evacuated from their homes in the Andalucia province, regional officials say.

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  • Several vehicles lie battered and damaged by the muddy floodwaters.

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  • A motorist attempts to drive through the floodwaters.

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  • Heavy rain has flooded streets and homes in the town of Bobadilla, near Malaga.

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  • Residents observe the damage to a bridge after a river bursts its banks.

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  • Homeowners in the town of Villanueva del Trabuco, near Malaga, count the cost of the flood damage.

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  • Adults and children are rescued by emergency workers.

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  • The flooding in Villanueva del Trabuco also overturned cars.

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  • The torrential downpours came after months of drought.

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  • Residents try to salvage items washed away by the floodwaters in Villanueva del Trabuco, near Malaga.

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  • A man looks at the flooded streets from underneath a damaged shutter in Villanueva del Trabuco, near Malaga.

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  • The clean-up gets under way.

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  • Ten people have been killed in flash floods in southern Spain and a British woman is missing, while dozens were hurt as a tornado ripped through a fairground.

    A 52-year-old British woman is among those missing after torrential rain hit the Andalusia and Murcia regions, and hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes.

    The hardest hit provinces are Malaga in the south and Almeria in the southeast.

    Among the dead are seven men, two women and a 10-year-old girl who was found drowned in a car.

    Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was investigating reports that the unnamed British woman has gone missing in Almeria.

    In the region of Valencia, 35 people were reportedly injured after a tornado hit a fairground and flattened a Ferris wheel.
    Flooding has hit southern parts of Spain
    Local media said all the injured were fairground workers and 15 were seriously hurt.

    The twister damaged several other rides and cut electricity in the temporary fairground set up in the town of Gandia.

    The funfair was closed to the public at the time because of a thunderstorm, reports said.

    On the beach at El Saler, near Valenica, two cargo ships have run ashore and the ports of Valencia and Sagunto were temporarily closed on Saturday.

    The flooding has also disrupted high-speed train services between Madrid and Valencia and various regional lines, while some bridges and roads have been made impassible.

    Around 500 people have been moved from their homes, although some evacuees have begun to return home to clear up the mess with the help of local authority workers.

    Forecasters say the heavy rain, which started on Friday morning, is moving east and will eventually head northwards toward Catalonia and the Balearic Islands.

    The deluge comes after months of virtual drought and soaring summer temperatures all over Spain that triggered thousands of wildfires.


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