Four killed as Catalonia is deluged by floods

13th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

14 October 2005, BARCELONA — Heavy rains were blamed for four deaths in the north-eastern Spanish region of Catalonia, where a number of rivers have burst their banks.

14 October 2005

BARCELONA — Heavy rains were blamed for four deaths in the north-eastern Spanish region of Catalonia, where a number of rivers have burst their banks.

All four fatalities took place in the district surrounding the city of Gerona.

One of the victims, a 74-year-old woman, was on foot when she was swept away by floodwaters.

The other three, two French people and a Moroccan, perished when their vehicle was inundated in the town of Vilanova de la Muga.

In Piera, near Barcelona, three other people were trapped in their car by surging water.

While one managed to escape on his own, the remaining two passengers had to be rescued by emergency workers and were subsequently hospitalised with symptoms of hypothermia.

Authorities also had to rescue a number of people from homes in the Gerona-area towns of Platja d'Aro, Calonge and Sant Feliu de Guixols.

Flooding and mudslides forced officials to close 18 highways in the coastal parts of Gerona.

Barcelona itself experienced its heaviest rainfall in decades in the pre-dawn hours, enough to flood one metro station and close down an entire line of the transit system.

Firefighters in Catalonia responded to more than 1,000 emergency calls during the course of the day.

The rains come after the driest 12-month period in Spain since records started being kept in 1885, but Environment Minister Cristina Narbona said the downpours would not be sufficient to delay implementation of some restrictions on water usage.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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