Death toll from storm in Europe rises to 8
The death toll from a storm that battered Spain, Portugal and France rose to eight on Saturday as the region braced for more violent winds and heavy rain.
A 32 year old South Korean woman died on Saturday, a day after being struck on the head by falling debris from a building in central Madrid, the Madrid region’s Interior Minister said.
The building had passed an inspection in 2015 ‘but weather like this, with heavy rain and wind, causes these fateful cases’, Enrique Lopez said.
A man died on Saturday after his car was swept away by a swollen river near the town of Huescar in the southern province of Granada, the regional government of Andalusia said in a statement.
Emergency services in Andalusia said a 68 year old Dutch man who went missing while windsurfing in rough weather in Huelva province on Friday had drowned.
Those three deaths bring to eight to the number of fatalities from the storm that has battered Spain, Portugal and southern France overnight Thursday to Friday. Storm Elsa flooded rivers, brought down power lines and disrupted rail and air travel across the region.
Six of the deaths have been in Spain and two in Portugal, where the extreme weather interrupted train services on Saturday between the capital Lisbon and the second city Porto due to flooding on the rail tracks.
Waves hit the jetty of the port of A Guarda during a storm, in northwestern Spain on Saturday