The intense rains that since yesterday have affected large areas of the southeast of the peninsula have caused hundreds of incidents, roadblocks and the suspension of classes in numerous towns in Almería, Murcia and Alicante.
The complicated meteorological situation is caused by a depression in the upper layers of the atmosphere (DANA) located around the Gulf of Cádiz. Coinciding with the arrival of humid winds to the southeast and this peninsular favors such intense rainfall.
In the Region of Murcia, one of the communities most affected by the waterspouts, the Emergency Coordination Center has attended until six in the morning on Tuesday 226 cases, mostly from Mazarrón and the Campo de Cartagena region. related to bilges and rescues of trapped vehicles, where there is currently an orange meteorological alert.
The Cartagena municipal emergency services have participated in a dozen rescues of people trapped in vehicles in the urban area. All the fire departments have been mobilized and are ready to proceed with the drainage of the numerous basements that have been flooded, prioritizing those in public and important buildings and then the rest.
In Lorca, emergency services personnel have rescued two vehicles trapped in boulevard steps, where it has rained heavily throughout the early morning with accumulated rainfall of 38.6 liters in six hours in districts such as Ramonete.
In the province of Almería, the emergency services have dealt with more than 40 incidents due to flooding of roads and homes, especially in Vera, as well as ponds of water, and five people have been evacuated preventively from a farmhouse, three of which were adults and two minors.
As reported by Civil Protection, the water reached knee height and those affected have had to move to another home, with no record of injuries. In addition, some warnings have been coordinated for vehicles stuck on the road due to water.
In the capital of Almería, a postal worker has been injured after tripping over a sewer overflowing with water when he was driving along Avenida Cabo de Gata, and has been transferred by the health services to the Torrecárdenas Hospital.
In the town of Tíjola in Almeria, a car that fell into a ravine was attended to as it left the road; Two people were injured in the event, an 18-year-old girl and a 57-year-old man, who were evacuated to the hospital in Baza (Granada). Another incident in the same province took place in Cuevas de Almanzora, where firefighters They have located a man, who had not been heard from since morning, on Quitapellejos beach, in Villaricos. The man was inside his vehicle trapped in an area due to mud, although it was in good condition and did not require medical assistance.
In the province of Alicante, with accumulations of up to 40 liters per square meter in some points, this Tuesday there will be no classes in about twenty municipalities in the Vega Baja and Baix Vinalopó regions.
In Cocentaina, the firefighters have acted after the incident with a car that was blocked on the N-340 due to heavy rains. As reported by the Provincial Consortium of Alicante Firefighters, the rains have forced the N-325 to be cut off due to flooding, two kilometers from reaching Aspe. The same security body has indicated that two or three cars have been crossed and stranded, which has caused the retention of other vehicles.
Likewise, the Alicante firefighters have carried out seven interventions in Sant Vicent del Raspeig, Elda and Elx in one hour, from 8 to 9 a.m., related to draining water and debris falling onto public roads from building facades.
The University of Alicante has decided to suspend all its activity from 2:00 p.m., given the forecast that the rains will be even more intense.
The Aemet forecasts indicate that the heavy rains will continue to fall during the next few hours, with a greater incidence in Andalusia, Murcia and the Valencian Community where there is an orange warning (significant risk), given the forecast of rains of up to 40 liters per square meter in a hour, especially on the coast, as well as storms with hail and abundant electrical equipment.