Madrid / Perpignan (dpa) - With strong winds and heavy rain, storm depth «Gloria» has a firm grip on the east of Spain and parts of southern France. In Spain, the storms and freezing temperatures have already killed nine people.
On Wednesday, in addition to the already known victims, five more were registered in the regions of Valencia and Andalusia, Spanish media reported, citing authorities. In addition, four people were missing.
The body of a 49-year-old homeless man who was apparently frozen to death was found in Carcaixent near Valencia. A woman died in Alcoi (Alicante / Valencia) on Wednesday when her house collapsed due to the storm. In addition, the body of a 67-year-old was recovered near the municipality of Callosa d'En Sarrià (Alicante). In Almería, Andalusia, a farmer and a homeless man were said to die.
Meanwhile, a 25-year-old Briton and a 41-year-old were reported missing in Ibiza. In addition, a man in Mallorca and a sailor in Catalan Girona were missing.
In large parts of the country the weather got better on Wednesday. For some municipalities in the regions of Aragon and Catalonia in the northeast of the country, however, the second and third highest alarm levels in the afternoon were orange and yellow.
Especially around the coastal city of Valencia, dozens of roads and several ports had to be closed since the beginning of the week. Train traffic was also partially interrupted. In total, hundreds of thousands of students in different parts of the country have been unable to attend classes since the beginning of the week.
In southern France, too, the authorities raised the alarm about “Gloria” and warned of massive floods. The river Agly near Perpignan has reached a critical water level, said the responsible prefecture on Wednesday. Evacuations were ordered near the river in numerous communities, roads were closed. For the Agly and the river Aude a few kilometers away, the flood warning level was red. It has been raining and snowing heavily in the region since Monday evening.