Death toll and fears of floods rise in Spain Storm Gloria

The death toll from Storm Gloria in Spain rose to nine on Thursday as freak weather continues to batter the east of the country, SIA reports citing foreign media.

The Balearic Islands and eastern regions including Catalonia and Valencia have borne the brunt of the storm now entering its fifth day. Winds of more than 140 km per hour, waves reaching more than 10 metres and heavy snow and rainfall have unleashed chaos, crippling transport and destroying infrastructure. Seawater has caused devastation as it smashed into and entered coastal towns while the heavy downpour has also prompted fear that swollen rivers could burst out of their beds and flood major cities including Girona. Elsewhere, such as in parts of Valencia, more than 80 cm of snow has accumulated.

On Wednesday, the body of a man was recovered in a flooded area near the town of Callosa, in southeastern Spain. A woman was also killed when her apartment building partially collapse. A farmer was found dead in a plastic greenhouse that had been hit by a hailstorm, and another died of hypothermia. Their deaths add to the five recorded between Sunday and Tuesday, three of which were also caused by hypothermia. Four people are still missing, including a British national on the island of Ibiza.

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