Spanish survivors of Wilma arrive home relieved

26th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

26 October 2005, MADRID — At least 1,700 Spaniards who were stranded in Cancun, Mexico, during Hurricane Wilma arrived home safe.

26 October 2005

MADRID — At least 1,700 Spaniards who were stranded in Cancun, Mexico, during Hurricane Wilma arrived home safe.

They were met at airports in Madrid and Barcelona by relieved relatives after spending days trapped by the tropical storm.

Hurricane Wilma had left at least 17 people dead across the Caribbean.

In Mexico, fierce winds and flooding from Wilma battered Cancun, nearby Playa del Carmen, the scuba diving island of Cozumel and smaller resorts along the coast.

Police in Cancun fired shots to try to control hundreds of looters taking goods from damaged shops.

Tens of thousands of tourists have been stranded for up to five days in deteriorating conditions, often without running water or electricity.

Many of them lined up in the heat at the newly reopened Cancun airport on Tuesday night, trying to get aboard the first flights out since Wilma hit the area.

Mexican President Vicente Fox demanded the army and police set up a command centre to stop looting and help tourists

Meanwhile, Florida's residents are clearing up the devastation left by Wilma as it swept across the US state killing at least six people.

Some three million homes and businesses are without electricity and thousands of people remain in shelters.

President George W Bush signed an order declaring Florida a major disaster area and releasing federal money.

Cubans also began cleaning up after Wilma forced 600,000 people from coastal areas, where several villages were flooded by big storm surges.

Havana was hit by large waves, with water up to one metre high - penetrating four blocks into the city and flooding basement apartments.

Tropical storm Alpha has left at least 15 people dead in Haiti and the Dominican Republic before moving north into the Atlantic Ocean.

A dozen people were missing after mudslides and flooded rivers swamped streets and swept away homes.

The death toll in Haiti could rise, its civil protection agency chief said.

Alpha was the record-breaking 22nd named storm of the Atlantic season. It later weakened from a tropical storm into a tropical depression.

In the Dominican Republic, authorities found the bodies of two fishermen whose boat capsized in the rough seas that preceded the storm.

The two countries share the island of Hispaniola, already saturated from other recent storms.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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