Spain: Rescue operations ongoing as floods lashed Murcia and Costa Blanca regions

Emergency crews rescue people stuck in their cars as floods cause pandemonium, with roads blocked and buildings destroyed.
Spain: Rescue operations ongoing as floods lashed Murcia and Costa Blanca regions

Emergency operations began in Spain as crews retrieved people stuck in their cars due to flooding.

Heavy rain fell on the Murcia and Costa Blanca regions, which are popular with British holidaymakers, following a weekend of significant disruption for both tourists and locals.

Storm Tamara stranded worried holidaymakers at Palma Airport Friday night, with over 100 flights cancelled or delayed as the tourism hub was hit by severe weather.

The weather compelled emergency personnel to react to hundreds of calls yesterday alone. According to Cadena SER, 200 of the 221 calls made in Costa Blanca were due to the storm.

Murcia received 113 calls to emergency services, many of which reported people being stranded in their automobiles during the deluge. Of the 221 calls, 95 were for water drainage, and 33 were regarding roadblocks.

Further south in Murcia, highways turned into raging floods. Locals and tourists were filmed ankle-deep in water in the capital city's main thoroughfare as they attempted to navigate their way past shops, while others sought refuge inside.

In other parts of the province, cars and wheelie bins were seen swimming down streets that resembled rivers. Firefighters were 'working tirelessly', with several routes closed.

Much of the continent is experiencing similar harsh weather, with a heatwave blanketing Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus and Spain being devastated by flooding.

The heat is wreaking havoc on the eastern Mediterranean and Aegean seas, with temperatures reaching 43 degrees Celsius in Cyprus last week, sparking wildfires.

Turkey is experiencing air temperatures eight to twelve degrees above seasonal norms, while Greece has been forced to close the Athens Acropolis, its most popular tourist attraction, during the hottest hours of the day.

Meanwhile, to the west, hundreds of firemen in France are tackling a large fire north of Saint-Tropez that has caught personnel by surprise.

The weather extremes occur as many Britons prepare to travel to Europe in search of sunny climates.

Spain: Rescue operations ongoing as floods lashed Murcia and Costa Blanca regions

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