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Driver Found Dead as Spain Battles Flash Floods


7Dnews London

Tue, 09 Jul 2019 13:26 GMT

Firefighters in the north of Spain found a body on Tuesday, July 9th, which is thought to be that of the driver of a car that was swept away by flash flooding caused by intense and sudden downpours, authorities said.

The evening of the previous day had brought heavy rainfall, which in certain areas, was accompanied by hail and caused damage leading to road closures and power cuts.

The man whose body was found, was reported to have drowned in his car on Friday.

Various parts of Spain were affected, but the northern town of Tafalla was particularly strongly hit, as the downpours caused two local rivers to overflow to levels, where strong currents dragged vehicles and rubbish bins away with them, according to AP.

The government of the Navarra region said, access to Tafalla, a town with a population of 10,000 could not be cleared until the next morning and added that a major railway line had also been disrupted.

Regional police shared video footage of the events on social media and users expressed their shock and disbelief. Local media reported that the heavy rainfall had caused the local Cidacos river to burst its banks and flood several nearby towns. 

Residents of the Navarrese towns of Olite and Puello, as well as Tafalla mentioned above, could not believe their eyes when cars were swept through the flooded streets.

In nearby Pamplona, which is currently celebrating its annual sanfermines festival, authorities had to suspend one of the famous bull runs through the streets of the city, due to the heavy rain.

There is no change in sight. The national weather agency, AEMET, warned that more downpours are expected for Tuesday.