Wednesday, December 1

DANA’s latest scourges continue after causing damage and flooding

The latest blows from the High Level Isolated Depression (DANA), which has left torrential rains at different points of Spain From Wednesday, they could affect the center, north and east of the peninsula this afternoon and especially the Balearic Islands, which together with Aragon and Catalonia are today on an orange warning.

This Thursday, according to the website of the State Meteorology Agency (Aemet), in addition to Aragon, the Balearic Islands and Catalonia, another ten autonomous communities continue to be warned due to rains and storms: Asturias, Cantabria, Castilla y León, Castilla-La Mancha, Galicia , Community of Madrid, Navarra, Basque Country, La Rioja and Valencian Community.

The torrential rains on Wednesday have left half of Spain flooded with water, mud and mud, with innumerable damage to homes, industrial and agricultural areas, cuts in electricity and transport services.

Emergency plans

Several regional and local governments have launched the plans prepared for these types of emergencies before the situation created by the rains and storms.

On Aragon, the firefighters of the Zaragoza Provincial Council have dealt with various incidents related to flooding in streets, highways and homes in various parts of the province, especially in the regions of the Campo de Cariñena and Campo de Daroca.

In addition, Renfe has suspended the rail circulation of several trains between Teruel and Zaragoza, while another from Valencia has not been able to access the stations. All the passengers have been transferred by road.

Castilla-La Mancha is one of the most affected communities, especially the province of Toledo, where the Civil Guard rescued 37 people, including two French citizens who were trapped in the town of Cobisa and a person with a disability in Torrecilla de la Jara.

Destroys in the neighborhood of Santa Barbara, Toledo. EFE

In the town of Guadamur, the rains washed away cars and real estate in its wake and in Toledo city, its mayor, Milagros Tolón, has explained that there are many areas to be cleaned.

The storms have given a break in Cuenca, where snow plows have been mobilized to remove mud and mud from the roads in the Barajas de Melo area. Rain and hail have devastated large areas of vineyards, olive groves and almond trees.

According to the Spanish Group of Combined Agrarian Insurance Entities (Agroseguro), agricultural damages have been registered in addition to Castilla-La Mancha, Andalusia, Aragón and Navarra, as well as in the Leonese region of Bierzo and in the Páramo of León.

Rescues in the Valencian Community

The rains that have fallen in the last hours in the Valencian Community have forced to carry out overnight numerous rescues of vehicles trapped in the water and bilge. In addition, in Valencia it has caused damage in several faults and two minor injuries have been registered due to the fall of one of them by the wind.

And it is that the storm, which hit the metropolitan area of ​​Valencia and was also accompanied by strong winds, occurred in the middle of the Fallas monuments -between 11 pm and midnight was the most intense episode- and It caused damage to some of them, such as the bust of the meditator of the municipal failure, in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

Between 11 a.m. yesterday and 7 a.m. today, the single emergency telephone number 112 has received 945 calls in the Valencian Community and has managed 671 incidents, most of them involving trapped vehicles and flooded garages.

The firefighters of the provincial consortium of the Valencian Community have carried out during the night numerous rescues of vehicles trapped in the water and drainage in towns such as Pedralba, Torrent, Sagunto, Mislata, Riba-roja, Bétera and Manises -some of them also celebrate these days their Fallas-, while the Castellón provincial consortium has removed mostly fallen trees.

The municipality of Vinarós, which assesses the damage of the previous day left by the storms on both sides of the Sénia river, the natural border that separates the province of Castellón from that of Tarragona, is on alert next to Morella for the possible overflow of the Cervol .

The train service is suspended between Vinaròs (Castellón) and Tarragona, although circulation has been restored on all Valencian roads and electricity throughout the network after last night’s cuts, while the Metrovalencia network is already operating normally .

Flooded streets in Murcia

In the meantime, in Murcia, the streets of Lorca are flooded and the City Council has asked citizens to avoid using the car while the storms last, which keep the road near El Molino del Saltaor flooded.

As a consequence of rainfall the boulevards of the town that flow into the sea have overflowed and the one with a more complicated situation is that of El Cañarete, which ends at Poniente beach.

There has also been a break in the general drinking water pipeline at the entrance to the urban center, which is why it is expected that there may be cuts in the supply to the population.

More tranquility in Catalonia and Madrid

On Catalonia, Civil Protection of Catalonia has deactivated the alert of the Inuncat plan after the heavy rains yesterday in Terres de l’Ebre (Tarragona) that caused flooding and damage in several municipalities, and has been reduced to the pre-alert phase due to the permanence of damages.

In this region, where yesterday 252 liters per square meter fell on Alcanar in three hours – more than half of the rainfall of a year that is 490 l / m2 – the Government values ​​declaring a catastrophic zone to the affected municipalities, as announced this morning the president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, after a meeting with the mayors.

In the Community of Madrid has experienced a calmer night after the storms of the previous one, which left flooding in homes and Metro lines.

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