Published: Thu, January 23, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Death toll hits four: Storm Gloria wreaks havoc in Spain

Death toll hits four: Storm Gloria wreaks havoc in Spain

Powerful storm Gloria has battered much of eastern Spain, with officials linking at least four deaths to it.

Police found the body of a man on Wednesday in a flooded area in the eastern region of Valencia where they were looking for a 67-year-old man who went missing when his vehicle got swept up in a flash flood, a local police spokesman said.

Dozens of extra police and firefighters have been deployed in the region.

More than 30 provinces received red weather alerts due to the storm, with Valencia on the Mediterranean coast and the Balearic Islands taking the worst part on Monday.

It began to affect southern France Tuesday, cutting power to around 1,000 households in the Pyrenees-Orientales region on the border with Spain.

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The body of a missing man was found in a flooded area near the city of Callosa in southeastern Spain on Wednesday, the regional government of Valencia said.

The Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, offered his support and condolences to the families of those killed during the Gloria storm "and to those who suffer the fatal consequences of this stormy weather".

The storm claimed the lives of five other people between Sunday and Tuesday in the form of winds up to 90 miles per hour (144 km / h) and waves reaching 13.5 meters (44 feet) high in the country. Heavy snow shut down most of the motorway.

The 25-year-old was riding his motorbike on the north of the island before he disappeared near Portinatx in Sant Joan de Labritja, local helpline service 112 Emergency said. The hot tourism destination was smashed by huge waves that sent water careening down streets towards buildings in Cala Ratjada, one of the island's beach towns.

A 27-year-old Spanish man who was practising canyoning - a sport that combines rappelling, climbing and watersliding through deep gorges - in Mallorca was also missing. The weather has claimed the lives of three people.

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