Spain has been hit by violent storms, with the southeastern region battered by torrential rains overnight, sparking major flooding in the Valencia region and closing schools in a move affecting more than 255,000 pupils, officials said on September 12th, AFP reported.
The storm led to chaos on the roads, cutting public transport and causing the Clariano river to burst its banks, flooding homes and resulting in the evacuation of surrounding areas, the emergency services said.
Regional authorities said that, with the region on red alert, they had ordered the closure of schools in 84 municipalities, affecting a quarter of a million children.
Footage shared by the local AVAMET weather service showed cars being swept away in fast-flowing water in Moixent, and torrents of water engulfing the nearby town of Ontinyent, which borders the Clariano and saw its heaviest rainfall since records began in 1917, the agency said.
Torrential rain and high winds were continuing to hit southern Valencia and northern Alicante and would continue into September 13th, the national AEMET weather service said.