The heavy rains that hit Spain this weekend have already caused two deaths in Toledo, three missing people (in Madrid and Toledo), numerous rescues of people in homes and cars, confined and flooded towns and multiple material damages. These two deaths join the two canyoners who perished on Saturday in the Pyrenees of Huesca, although it is still being investigated whether their death was directly related to the storm. The 112 of the Community of Madrid had registered 1,257 incidents until 1:30 in the morning, with “numerous rescues” of people in homes and vehicles. Emergency services have rescued a ten-year-old boy in a town in Madrid who was traveling by car with his family during the storm and spent the night perched in a tree. The Balearic Islands, Castilla y León, Castilla-La Mancha, Catalonia, the Community of Madrid, the Basque Country and La Rioja remain under a yellow warning this Monday due to rain, strong winds and rough seas. The Toledo City Council will request the declaration as a catastrophic area.
The rains and floods have caused at least two deaths in the province of Toledo, as confirmed by the Civil Guard. The first is a man who died at kilometer 117 of the A-40, between the districts of Bargas and Villamiel. The president of Castilla-La Mancha, Emiliano García-Page, revealed this Monday that the body was found inside the vehicle, and everything indicates that the storm caused the death.
The body of the other deceased, a 22-year-old young man, has been found inside an elevator in Casarrubios del Monte (Toledo) after a power outage in the middle of the storm, and it is being investigated whether this death could have been caused by the strong storm. . The Minister of Finance and Public Administrations of the Government of Castilla-La Mancha, Juan Alfonso Ruiz Molina, explained this Monday that the Civil Guard is currently working to reach an area that is difficult to access in Bargas.
In Madrid, the Civil Guard is searching for two people who have disappeared in the last few hours. In Villamanta (2,700 inhabitants), an 83-year-old man who was swept away by the current when he was in the vicinity of a residence has been reported missing. In Aldea del Fresno (3,200 residents), a search is underway for a middle-aged man who disappeared when his car was swept away by the river while he was traveling with his wife and two of his children. The woman and the girl were rescued during the early hours of the morning and attended to by Summa112. Both were transferred to the Rey Juan Carlos Hospital in Móstoles (Madrid).
Cleaning work in the Toledo town of Cobeja, this Monday. Claudio Alvarez
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The other minor, 10 years old, was found around 8:00 this Monday perched on a tree; He had symptoms of hypothermia and injuries from the blows. He has been transferred to the Rey Juan Carlos Hospital for a thorough check-up. In addition, there is another missing person since this Sunday in Valmojado (Toledo); She is a 54-year-old woman who was driving in a Seat Altea on the CM-4004, according to Civil Guard sources.
The Civil Guard continues the investigation into the death this Saturday of the two canyoners during an excursion of ten people in the Gorgol ravine, in Tramacastilla de Tena (Huesca), in a context of copious rains. The channel in the ravine that day was larger than usual, explain the sources consulted. The deceased were the participants with the most experience. According to these sources, one of them had a problem with one of the ropes and his partner came to help him.
Problems on roads and tracks in Madrid and Toledo
The rains have caused serious problems for traffic and travel on numerous roads in Madrid and Toledo, as well as the cutting of several metro lines early this Monday. In addition, high-speed lines from Madrid to the south have been interrupted for hours.
The Madrid-Andalusia high-speed line was restored shortly after eight this morning after being cut off for almost the entire early morning due to heavy rain, as reported by the railway infrastructure manager (ADIF). The technicians have managed to repair the section of track that prevented the circulation of trains between Mora and La Sagra, in the province of Toledo, but the trains must circulate “with speed limitations and with delays when passing through this area,” according to Adif.
Toledo will request the declaration as a catastrophic area
The Toledo City Council is going to request the declaration of a catastrophic area due to the extensive damage caused by DANA that has left rainfall in the capital of Castilla-La Mancha that has reached 92 liters per square meter. The City Council has also explained that parks and sports facilities will remain closed while more than 200 workers work to restore normality.
The mayor of Toledo, Carlos Velázquez (PP), has convened a crisis committee to evaluate the situation and quantify the damage. Subsequently, an extraordinary Local Government Board was held that approved requesting from the Government of Spain the declaration of Toledo as a catastrophic area “taking into account the consequences that we have suffered from this DANA”, as Velázquez himself explained. One million euros has also been approved for the execution of the work necessary to restore normality in Toledo.
A normality that will take time to reach the city’s urban buses; There is no service because one of the most affected areas was the base of Unauto, a concessionaire located in the industrial estate and which was affected by a flood from the Ramabujas stream. The buses that were saved cannot circulate because they run on gas and the only point where they can recharge is at the base itself. The mayor does not know when the service will be restored, although he says that alternatives are being sought.
Furthermore, during the day, the electricity supply has been recovered in some homes in the Polígono neighborhood that were left without electricity and normality is also returning, little by little, to the Azucaica neighborhood where it is not possible to circulate in some places. the accumulated mud. This place was already one of the most affected in the 2021 DANA, although it suffers from recurring flooding in the lower part of the neighborhood due to the overflowing of the Vadecubas stream, an area that the Vice President of the Government, Teresa Ribera, visited two years ago. that a possible channeling depends on the Tajo Hydrographic Confederation; The neighbors say that the solution has not arrived.
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