Two consecutive days of torrential rains in southeastern Spain, five people have been killed and some 3,500 evacuated with many roads, railways and an airport closed on Friday and emergency services rescuing people stuck in flooded highway tunnels.
Floods dragged cars and debris in the regions of Valencia, Murcia and eastern Andalusia. Road tunnels in some areas were flooded almost to the tunnel lighting, with some vehicles partially or completely submerged.
A total of 74 roads were closed, as was the entire Murcia regional railway service, and the Murcia airport. The railway link between Alicante and Spain’s two main cities – Madrid and Barcelona – was shut, acting Interior Minister Fernando Grande Marlaska said, calling the floods “a serious tragedy”.
Authorities have recommended citizens stay at home in the affected areas and avoid using their cars.
Tourists were left stranded in Alicante airport as many flights were delayed or canceled.
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