By Cristina Hodgson • 22 January 2020 • 7:19
The system, named “Gloria” by the State Meteorological Agency of Spain, has triggered rare red alerts for “extreme risk” of heavy snowfall, rain, floods and gigantic waves, the deadly combination has lead to five deaths and several missing people.
Rescue teams are looking for FOUR people in Alicante, Castellon, Mallorca and Catalonia respectively.
Severe weather is making it difficult to locate the missing persons as Storm Gloria continues to wreak havoc.
Missing in Callosa d’En Sarrià, Alicante
Divers of the Civil Guard have found in a flooded area, between Callosa d’En Sarrià and Altea, the vehicle of a 67 year-old man who has been missing since this Monday at approximately 10:00 am, when he reportedly left in his car to go for a drive in the nearby countryside but did not return.
After checking the car, the authorities have confirmed that the individual was not in the interior and continue to search for his location. It is feared that he may have been washed away by the floods.
Missing in Morella, Castellón
In Els Ports, the firemen of the Provincial Consortium of Firemen of Castellón (CPBC) are actively looking for an individual who left his home yesterday, Tuesday, morning by the area of Mas de la Basseta, in Morella, and has not returned.
In addition, a family member of the missing person had to be rescued when trying to search by his own means.
The situation in the area, caused by Storm Gloria, is so severe that the Generalitat Valenciana has requested the intervention of the UME (Military Emergency Unit) to help with the “historic” snowfall in Els Ports.
According to the Provincial Consortium of Firemen of Castellón, they have already carried out more than 100 services to attend to the problems caused by the storm.
Missing in the Na Mora torrent, Mallorca
Between Sóller and Escorca, the Guardia Civil and the Mallorca Fire Brigade, together with other local security forces, have been searching for a hiker who has been missing since Monday afternoon in the Na Mora torrent.
As reported by the firemen, the warning of the disappearance occurred at 18:00 hours, at the time when another individual, who was with the missing person noticed, in the last abseiling they did, that the man was no longer following him.
The weather conditions are so adverse that the rescue teams have had to cancel the search tasks so as not to endanger the lives of the people involved in the search.
Missing in Catalonia
The fire department of the Generalitat de Catalunya were alerted on Monday that a person had fallen into the sea from a pier whilst taking photos of the waves.
Horrified witness alerted the Mossos d’Esquadra at around 3.30 p.m. to warn that they had seen an individual, who is not known to be a man or a woman, fall into the river in the municipality of Sant Adrià de Besòs. The search continues.
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