UPDATE: Cold Drop Claims Second Fatal Victim

The body found in the port of Tarragona is that of one of the individuals who had been reported missing in the storm

The body found in the port of Tarragona in the afternoon of yesterday (Thursday) corresponds, as confirmed by the Guardia Civil, to one of the five disappeared by the storm that on Tuesday night caused flooding of the river Francolí and devastated the cities and structures near the river.

Sources from the Guardia Civil explain that this is an elderly man, and his identification will be communicated shortly to his family members.

The Firefighters of the Generalitat resumed yesterday morning the operation to find the missing people because of heavy rains in Catalonia, and will continue today (Friday) with the search for the other four people after suspending the operation at around 21:00 yesterday evening for lack of visibility.

At around 19.00 hours, a Maritime Rescue boat from the port of Tarragona, which was recovering a lost buoy due to the storm, located the body of an elderly man at the mouth of the river Francolí, south of the Castilla port.

The Guardia Civil then initiated an investigation to determine whether the body found corresponded to one of the individuals reported missing in the storm. The identification was later confirmed.

The search for the other four missing will resume today.

The five missing people, including the man found in the port, consist of one individual of Belgian nationality, whose lorry was found on Wednesday on the Francolí River in L’Espluga de Francolí (Tarragona); two people in Vilaverd (Tarragona), who disappeared on Tuesday night while inside a mobile home near the same river; and two people who were in a vehicle in L’Espluga.

The plenary session in Parliament on Thursday observed a minute of silence in solidarity with the victims. Also the Government and the City Council of Barcelona have paid tribute to the victims of the storm with a minute of silence in Sant Jaume Square in an act led by the Catalan President, Quim Torra, and Mayor Ada Colau.


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