Disasters & Accidents

Search for missing continues as deadly storm kills at least three in central Spain

Madrid, Sep 5 (EFE).- A search and rescue was underway Tuesday to find three people who remain missing after a deadly storm triggered heavy flooding in Madrid and Toledo killing at least three, Spain’s civil guard said.

At least three have died in the province of Toledo, some 74 kilometers south of the capital, after a sudden deluge caused flash floods in central Spain.

In Madrid, a middle-aged man whose car was swept away on Sunday night while he was traveling with his wife and two children by the Alberche River in Aldea del Fresno remains missing, as does an 83-year-old who was also swept away by the floodwaters in Villamanta.

The wife and daughter of the missing man in Aldea del Fresno were found on Sunday night, while the 10-year-old son was rescued from a tree on Monday morning after spending several hours in the canopy sheltering from torrential rain.

The minor was treated for hypothermia and bruises before being transferred to a hospital where he was met by his relatives.

Another woman went missing on Sunday night while driving on the CM-4004 road near the municipality of Valmojado in Toledo.

The Civil Guard and firefighters of the Community of Madrid have deployed a drone unit and ground crews as the search for unaccounted persons continued Tuesday in Aldea del Fresno and Villamanta, two of the most affected towns by the downpour that struck the region on Sunday.

Emergency services in the Madrid region have so far dealt with 2,157 incidents, and firefighters have conducted 1,390 operations.

Madrid and Castilla-La Mancha are set to ask the central government to declare a disaster area in the affected municipalities. EFE

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