Valencia – At least three people were killed in severe weather in Spain. Two fatalities apparently died of hypothermia, and a man was killed by falling roof tiles.
The storm “Gloria” has been blowing over large parts of Eastern Spain and the Balearic Islands with icy wind, heavy snow and rain since the weekend and continued to cause heavy traffic problems on Monday.
The authorities initially announced only two fatalities. The President of the Region of Valencia, Ximo Puig, then expressed his condolences on Monday evening after another family death. According to reports from the local media, it is a 71-year-old man who died of hypothermia.
Many schools closed
A 54-year-old homeless Romanian woman had previously been found dead in a park in Gandia on the eastern Mediterranean coast, the authorities said. Apparently she was freezing to death too. A Sunday, a 63-year-old man was found dead on his property in the village of Pedro Bernardo in central Spain. The man was hit on the head by falling bricks, the local mayor said.
Because of the storm, many schools were closed at the beginning of the week east of Valencia. Lessons were canceled for almost 200,000 students.
No operation at Alicante airport
Traffic was also badly affected by the storm: Alicante airport, the fifth largest in the country, was closed on Sunday afternoon and Monday. The airport had to close temporarily due to a fire last week.
Several road and rail connections were also broken due to the storm. The storm is expected to continue until Wednesday, according to weather forecasts.
Snow and floods in the south of France
Heavy rain and snow have caused blackouts and traffic disruptions in southern France. The storm “Gloria” has been moving across the Pyrenees-Orientales department on the Spanish border since Monday evening. Numerous roads were blocked, as the responsible prefecture announced on Tuesday. The authorities warn of flooding and slippery conditions.
According to media reports, thousands of households were without electricity, and there were landslides in some places. The second highest alert level prevailed in the region. According to the French weather service, “considerable amounts of snow” are expected at altitudes above 500 meters, heavy rain is expected in the plains until Thursday. (APA / AFP / dpa, TT.com)