Spain Experiences Heavy Flooding After Intense Rainfall

Spain has experienced severe flooding in several regions after several days of heavy rain.

The Directorate-General for Civil Protection and Emergencies in Catalonia reported severe flash floods in Montsià and Baix Ebre while flooding was also reported in the provinces of Madrid, Tarragona, Castellón and Toledo.

Spanish state broadcaster TVE  shared footage of chairs being carried away at high speeds towards the Mediterranean Sea.

There were also photos circulating social media showing cars being swept away in different parts of the country. 

As a result of the flooding, transport networks across the country were paralyzed including trains. 

In Madrid alone,  emergency services handled 237 storm-related events including 50  rescues involving flooded homes and pockets of water on the road.

In Catalonia, 700 emergency calls were made for 527 incidents, including 479 in the badly hit Alcanar municipality in Montsià Comarca.

Catalonia’s regional weather service reported that coastal towns in the north-eastern region were hit the worst and received as much as 215 liters of rainfall per square meter.

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