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(Alcanar) Vehicles swept away by the waves, roads turned into mudslides: The heavy rains that fell on Spain did not claim any victims, but left impressive damage on Thursday.
Posted on Sep 2, 2021 at 9:14 am
Described as “very exceptional” by the Catalan (northeast) authorities, the downpours on Wednesday devastated some cities such as Alcanar, 200 kilometers south of Barcelona, where mud seeped into the streets.
“We had the impression that it was the end of the world,” said the mayoress of this city, Joan Roig, on Rac 1 radio.
In some cities, police rescued motorists trapped in their cars while 83 people had to be evacuated from their homes due to return by Thursday.
There were no losses to complain about.
During a trip to Guadalajara, the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez expressed his “solidarity” with the victims of “these terrible floods” which were a “consequence of the climate emergency”.
In the neighboring region of Valencia, the flood disrupted the organization of the Fallas, festivals with parades of floats and giant cardboard figures.
The meteorological situation will become “more complicated in several areas of the center and the east,” warned Ruben del Campo, spokesman for the national weather agency (AEMET).
He went on to explain that climate change is making these extreme phenomena more common in Spain, especially on the Mediterranean coast.
In September 2019, seven people were killed in floods in the southeast of the country, and thirteen people died on the island of Mallorca in the Balearic archipelago in 2018.
With global warming, the atmosphere contains more water vapor, which increases the likelihood of heavy rainfall, scientists say. These rains, combined with other factors related in particular to land use planning, favor flooding.
Without adaptation measures, the floods will kill twice as many people with additional warming as they did at the end of the 20th century.