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Five dead, three missing as ‘storm Dana’ brings torrential rain across Spain

#UPDATED on 6 Sept 2023 at 9am

The death toll from the heavy rains that lashed Spain on Sunday have increased to five as emergency services continue to look for three other people who have been missing since the flash floods that caused havoc across the country.

Three people are now known to have died in the central province of Toledo as a result of the storm, the head of the regional government of Castilla-La Mancha, Emiliano García-Page, said without giving extra details.

Two men aged 31 and 34 also died on Saturday, drowned by torrential rain while trying to climb a gorge in the north-eastern region of Aragón.

Original report:

Two people have died and one is still missing after Storm Dana brought torrential rain to Spain on Sunday, causing flooding in many areas across the country.

The region of Madrid, the province of Toledo (Castilla-La Mancha) and the Valencia region took the brunt of a storm that’s left flooded roads, fallen trees and serious transport disruptions.

One man died in the town of Casarrubios del Monte when the rescue services were trying to access him, the president of Castilla-La Mancha confirmed on Onda Cero radio. El Pais reported that the man died in an elevator. A second man was found dead by the Guardia Civil after locating his vehicle during a rescue attempt on the A40 road near Bargas.

Another man remains missing since early Monday morning after a vehicle plunged into the Alberche River near Aldea del Fresno (Madrid), as reported by Emergencies 112. His son, a 10-year-old boy, was found on Monday morning clinging to a tree. The mother and sister were rescued on Sunday night and taken to the Rey Juan Carlos Hospital in the capital.

The emergency services of the Community of Madrid had registered 1,257 incidents up to 1.30am on Monday morning, with ‘numerous rescues’ of people in homes and vehicles. Toledo, according to data from the Spain’s national weather agency (AEMET), said that the accumulated rainfall throughout the day on Sunday left 91.2 litres per square metre up until 11.10pm, the third highest record in all of Spain.

The heavy rain began to subside on Monday, with only two regions remaining on yellow alert: Madrid and Castilla-La Mancha.

In Madrid, authorities had sent out an SMS red alert to everyone in the capital on Sunday, warning people to stay at home as motorways, key roads and some metro stations were forecast to be flooded or affected by the torrential rain. ALSO READ: Residents in Madrid told to stay at home as torrential rain hits parts of Spain.

The La Liga match between Atlético de Madrid and Sevilla also had to be postponed due to the rain. Storm Dana also caused road flooding and closures, fallen trees and other serious damage in Valencia

Spain’s rail network is also suffering serious delays in the parts of the country that have been most affected by the torrential rain.

The southern province of Granada also experienced heavy rain on Sunday, with two people rescued from mudslides in the town of Albuñol.

The storm also caused damage to the Mediterranean coast, affecting road transport, railways and scheduled flights. There was also travel chaos in Malaga, with the storm forcing many trains to Madrid to grind to a halt and planes to be grounded at the Costa del Sol airport as a result of the downpours.

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