Terrifying floods ravage Spain’s Mediterranean coast – as hot weather hits UK: Child is rescued when mother tries to cross raging floodwaters with a pram and driver is swept away in their car in shocking scenes
- Homes and businesses along Spain’s Mediterranean coast have been flooded
- As much as 40 litres of rain per square metre fell in parts of Murcia yesterday
Shocking footage shows the moment a mother and her child are swept away as she tries to push a buggy through raging floodwaters that have swallowed a street in Spain.
Roads in parts of the country have been turned into rivers, after record hot weather on the Iberian peninsula moved to the UK, replaced by torrential rains, breaking a prolonged drought.
The floods have hit areas along the Mediterranean coast the hardest, with as much as 40 litres of rain per square metre falling in one hour in parts of Murcia yesterday.
Homes and businesses in tourist areas like Alicante have been flooded and cars swept away, with stranded people and dogs needing to be rescued.
The Emergency Coordination Center of Murcia described it as the worst weather front in history for the area, with storms wreaking havoc there as well as in Valenica and Andalusia in recent days.
Videos from Molina de Segura, a town in Murcia, show a little boy being flipped out of his pram and almost dragged away by floodwater and a car being swept away
A shocking video has shown the moment a man driving a red saloon car tries to get it across fast-moving floodwater
The red car, which appears to be a BMW 1 Series, is then hit by a wall of water, and is unable to resist the force of the oncoming flood
Disbelieving bystanders watched on as a mother decided to try and push her pram through the floodwaters
A quick-thinking onlooker rushed to the rescue of the little boy, whose buggy was almost dragged away by the fast-moving water
Unbelievable social media footage out of Molina de Segura, a town in Murcia, shows a little boy being flipped out of his pram by the floodwater.
He is almost dragged away by the rapids as his mother tries to get them across a flooded street.
Thankfully, the boy was grabbed by a bystander and they were both pulled to safety.
Despite the danger they were just in, another family member appears to reattempt the crossing with the boy in the buggy.
People can be heard screaming at her to stop, and a passersby intervenes and jumps in front of the woman, and she decides against trying their luck a second time.
In the same town, more footage showed a man attempting to drive his saloon car across rising flood waters.
The driver appears to hesitate as he approaches a junction, before launching his vehicle into the floodwaters.
The red car, which appears to be a BMW 1 Series, is then hit by a wall of water, and is unable to resist the force of the oncoming flood.
The driver and his car are then swept away by the rapids, disappearing into the distance – about 50 metres down the street.
Bystanders appeared to warn the mother about the dangers of the floodwater after she was almost swept away by it along with her child
Footage has shown cars ploughing through inches of floodwater in the region of Castellon, near Valencia
Record rainfall was also reported in Cartagena, where cars were pictured swamped by floods, on Tuesday
Motorists were seen trying their luck on the waterlogged roads. Many were no match for the walls of water
Pictures have shown huge hailstones the size of marbles piling up on a person’s terrace, undoubtedly causing people to seek shelter
The Emergency Coordination Center of the Region of Murcia reported that the worst rainfall in Molina de Segura and its surrounding areas occurred last night.
Record rainfall was also reported in Cartagena, where cars were pictured swamped by floods, on Tuesday.
There were severe thunderstorms yesterday, with seven Spanish regions put on alert, including Aragon, Castile-La Mancha, Catalonia and Navarre.
Pictures have shown huge hailstones the size of marbles piling up on a person’s terrace, undoubtedly causing people to seek shelter.
Torrential rainfall has also hit central Spain and in and around the capital Madrid as part of the weather front.
Earlier in the week, Spanish authorities shut down schools, universities and day-care centres as a precaution after rains left behind flooded basements and submerged cars.
Cartagena City Council shared pictures of floods caused by heavy rain in the south of Spain
While the rain has caused chaos and economic damage, they have also been welcomed by many in Spain, which had been on track to register the driest spring since records began in 1961, according to state weather agency AEMET.
Rainfall in Spain between October 1 and May 23 was 27 per cent below average for the period, according to AEMET.
Heavy rain is expected to continue today. The AEMET warned of accumulated rain of 12 centimeters (5 inches) over 12 hours on Friday in the province of Castellon in the southeastern Valencia region.
Fire services in Castellon said the worst-affected areas were the towns of Benicassim, Oropesa del Mar and Cabanes.
They said they had carried out three rescues and provided pumping services on 27 occasions.
Flooding in northern Italy earlier this month killed at least 13 people and left about 23,000 homeless while causing billions of euros worth of damage
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