Floods run down the East Coast

Photo of Teresa Ribera at the Cepsa plant in Tenerife. Credit: [email protected]

TORRENTIAL rains which hit Castellon at the beginning of the week and caused severe damage to the town and its inhabitants have moved south and caused havoc in Benicarlo, Alicante province and areas of Murcia.

Some media outlets are suggesting there have been 10 casualties, though this has not been confirmed officially, but the hospitals have reportedly been busy dealing with those injured in the chaos.

Most of the rain was focused on the East coast although some inland towns such as Caravaca and Jumilla in Murcia also experienced severe downpours from Tuesday night until this morning (Wednesday).

According to Aemet meteorological data 138.2 litres of rain per square metre has fallen on Pego in Alicante since Tuesday night, almost half of it came in the early hours of this morning.

The Emergency Services in the province of Alicante recorded more than 100 phone calls reporting casualties or failures in infrastructure, most of which were related to electrical faults. The Emergency Services in Murcia had a similarly busy night after receiving exactly 60 calls most of which were from Jumilla, Caravaca and Fortuna where the floods were Flooheaviest.

The number of causalities has not yet been confirmed but hospitals have been busy treating those injured in the chaos.

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