Several injured in storm in southern Spain

2nd February 2009, Comments 0 comments

A violent storm of more than 100 kilometres an hour left a dozen people injured in southern Spain.

MADRID – A storm packing winds of more than 100 kilometres (60 miles) an hour injured about a dozen people in southern Spain, including one person in serious condition, an emergency services spokeswoman said Monday.

Most of the injuries were cuts and bruises from flying debris as the storm knocked down tree branches and advertising billboards and tore off parts of roofs, she said.

In the Mediterranean port of Malaga, winds ripped of part of the roof of the city's main bus station. Four people were injured, including one who in serious condition.

Further west in Estepona, near Marbella, the storm knocked down a circus tent during a performance Sunday night, slightly injuring five members of the public.

The storm disrupted ferry travel from the port city of Algeciras to Morocco while snowfall on Sunday snarled traffic in several parts of Spain including the capital Madrid.

Last month 14 people, including at least four children, died in Spain in violent storms that swept across southern Europe.

[AFP / Expatica]

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