The death toll from the worst storm in Spain for 140 years rises to seven after the body of man is found a few miles from where he was wiped away while walking with his family in Alicante
- The body of a 66-year-old Dutch man was found in a drainage ditch in Alicante
- It is thought that he was swept into the canal while walking with family and friends
- Torrents dragged him a few miles further, where he was found by a passerby
- Divers, dogs and a helicopter searched for missing men in Dolores
The toughest storms in Spain for 140 years claimed their seventh victim after the body of a Dutch citizen washed away by a flood of water was found in a drainage ditch by a man on a quad.
The man who found him called the Guardia Civil and told the authorities that the body had the characteristics of a missing man – white hair, a tattoo and the clothing he wore when he went missing.
The 66-year-old man disappeared on Sunday when torrential rains hit Alicante. His body was only discovered yesterday in a canal near the Segura River and is now formally identified.
It is understood that he was walking with family and friends when he was swept into the canal. The torrents had dragged him away for several miles.
A missing Dutchman was found in a drainage ditch. Divers, dogs and a helicopter had been looking for the man since Sunday after he was swept away by flood water
Rescue workers looking for the missing Dutch man in the city of Dolores, Alicante
A Guardia Civil team is combing a flooded area while searching for a Dutch man after torrential rains in Dolores, Alicante province
Divers, dogs, police and a Civil Guard helicopter had searched the area around the town of Dolores, just one of the places heavily affected by the & # 39; gota fría & # 39; as the weather phenomenon is known in Spain.
The name of the dead was not released.
Heavy rainfall hit the area between Wednesday and Sunday, causing widespread flooding and cutting off many areas.
Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes with the help of the army.
Rescuers rescued thousands of people during the storms that hit the Mediterranean coastal regions of Valencia, Murcia and Eastern Andalusia last week.
Some villages and towns reported their heaviest rainfall on record. The downpour forced the airports to close, as well as intercity trains, main roads and schools.
Firefighters bring water to homes still under water after the worst floods to hit Spain in 140 years
A woman who takes mud out of her house as part of the cleaning work that happened after the torrential rains fell in Murcia yesterday
The & # 39; cold drop & # 39; occurs when a polar air front meets warmer conditions on the Mediterranean coast.
An enormous mop operation is still ongoing in Eastern Spain, particularly in the regions of Murcia, Valencia and Western Andalusia, where the damage is estimated at more than € 200 million. Some villages are still not accessible.
At one point during the bizarre weather, 35,000 people had to be evacuated from their homes.
Six people died as a result of the flood and rescuers have evacuated thousands of people from their homes with the help of around 1,300 troops.
Residents of Almoradi participate in the cleaning work after the torrential rains in the province of Alicante yesterday
The first two victims of the floods were a brother and sister in Albacete on Thursday whose vehicle was washed away and brought down.
Another man drowned after accidentally entering a tunnel in Almería that had been closed due to flooding. Later that same day, another man lost his life in a canyon in Baza, Granada.
Last Friday, a 58-year-old man was found dead in an area in Orihuela, Valencia, while the body of a 41-year-old man was in La Matanza, Valencia on Saturday.
On Monday, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez again visited various affected areas, this time in the southern region of Andalusia and in Castilla La Mancha in the center.
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