Heavy rains stop EU migration visit to Tenerife

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2 November 2006, SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE — A deluge of rain flooded homes, caused power cuts and led to flights being diverted from Tenerife.

2 November 2006

SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE — A deluge of rain flooded homes, caused power cuts and led to flights being diverted from Tenerife.

Scores of calls were made to the emergency services but no one was hurt after the heavy rains late on Wednesday. 

Four health centres were flooded after sewers were blocked.

Lightning cut power to Tacoronte, in the north of the island, while other parts of Santa Cruz de Tenerife suffered intermittent power cuts.

In San Miguel de Abona, in the south of the island, firemen had to rescue a woman who was trapped in her car in a tunnel.

Authorities said most problems were caused by blocked drains in the heavy rains.

The runway  and the terminal of the Reina Sofía airport were flooded and five flights had to be diverted to Gran Canaria, said AENA, the state body which controls Spain's airports.

One of the flights contained a delegation from the European Parliament who had come to study the islands' immigration problem.

Some roads had to be closed because of the heavy rain.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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