Death toll from storm in Europe rises to 8

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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

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