Torrential rain causes third death in south-eastern Spain

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2019

Three people have been killed in two days of torrential rains in south-eastern Spain, where emergency services have rescued people stuck in flooded tunnels and an airport, local train networks and dozens of roads were closed on Friday.

Road tunnels in some areas were flooded nearly up to the tunnel lighting, and some vehicles were nearly fully submerged.

The town hall of the city of Alicante, on the Mediterranean coast, says a person was trapped in a auto when it drove into a flooded tunnel on Friday morning.

In this image made from video provided by Atlas, a police auto drives to an overturned vehicle in which two people were drowned by floodwater, in Caudete, Spain, Thursday, Sept. 12 2019.

Almeria and Murcia's airports were closed, said Spanish airport operator Aena, and tourists were also left stranded in Alicante airport.

"We've been in the queue here four or five hours, it's very hard to get to the toilet, impossible to get anything to eat", Haydn Harding, a 78-year old diabetic tourist from Northern Ireland, said at the airport.

Although the weather has begun to stabilise, several of the southeastern regions remain on red alert and local water management authorities said rivers like the Segura were still at risk of overflowing in the city of Murcia.

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