Drought to deluge: Heavy rain causes flash flooding across southern Spain

Rains nonetheless proceed; this spring had been Spain’s driest on file via Could 21

Murcia President Fernando Lopez Miras taking stock of the situation. Photo: @LopezMirasF / Twitter Murcia President Fernando Lopez Miras taking inventory of the state of affairs. Picture: @LopezMirasF / Twitter

Torrential rains have swept over the coastal southeast of Spain following a protracted drought. The much-needed rain got here quicker than the cities might deal with, reported information company Anadolu Company.

Rivers broke their banks following rains that started Could 22, 2023, whereas flash floods reduce off roads, entered properties and severely broken crops, the report added. Training in Alicante and Murcia cities was disrupted as greater than 40 municipalities cancelled lessons.

The biggest storm tank within the Area of Murcia is already working at full capability in Torre Pacheco. Over the past hours, it has obtained 40,000 cubic metres of water, stopping it from coming into the Mar Menor, tweeted the water and sanitation department for Murcia. Murcia President Fernando Lopez Miras took inventory of the state of affairs. 

Aielo de Malferit municipality in Valencia province broke its single-day rainfall file on Could 24, 2023. The municipality recorded 117.6 litres whereas the rains continued within the area, claimed meteorological web site Meteo Aielo

The heaviest rains within the morning of Could 24 had been concentrated between the Coast, the Canal de Navarrés and the Vall d’Albaida, tweeted Spanish meteorological affiliation Avamet.

Spain is one in all a number of nations this yr that was going through excessive dry situations and abruptly confronted flash floods after torrential rain. 

By means of March this yr, Somalia was one of many nations within the Horn of Africa that entered the sixth consecutive moist season with no rain. Nonetheless, round Could 14, riverine floods in the country killed over 20 individuals.

Heavy rains additionally wreaked havoc within the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. Twenty-one rivers swelled over their banks following rains that started Could 2, resulting in deaths of a minimum of 13 individuals and forcing the evacuation of hundreds. 

In Spain, virtually 400,000 inhabitants have been affected by the closures, which have additionally included municipal sports activities services, public parks and gardens, reported Spanish information web site, The Native

Almeria noticed its single rainiest day on file on Could 22, based on Spain’s official meteorological company, Aemet. Almeria often sees simply 12 litres of rain for all of Could, however Monday alone, the airport station witnessed 56 litres.

Emergency providers battled to empty closely inundated streets in Cartagena metropolis, reported information company Reuters. Native tv footage confirmed water virtually fully masking parked vehicles and motorbikes. 

By means of Could 21, this spring had been Spain’s driest on file. April was additionally the driest and hottest since record-keeping started. Spain’s Surroundings Ministry stated reservoir ranges had even decreased nationally within the final week to 47.7 per cent of capability — 21 proportion factors beneath the 10-year common for this time of yr.

Nationwide precipitation between October 2022 and Could 21 of this yr was 28 per cent decrease than the typical for the interval, Reuters reported AEMET spokesperson. The rains might assist mitigate the extended drought afflicting Spain. 


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