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    Spain: bodies of two missing after torrential rains found

    The fourth and fifth victims of torrential rains earlier this month in Spain were found on Friday. They are two men, one around fifty years old, the other 83 years old.

    The bodies of two people missing in the Madrid region after torrential rains that hit earlier this week were found on Friday, Spanish authorities said.

    These two bodies bring the number of confirmed victims of these bad weather to five, according to the authorities. A sixth person, a woman swept away by a flooded river in the province of Toledo (center), is still missing.

    “The Civil Guard has found (…) the two missing people southwest of Madrid,” announced on X, formerly Twitter, the prefect of the Madrid region, Francisco Martin.

    A body moved several kilometers

    According to the prefecture of the Madrid region, the two bodies were discovered in Aldea del Fresno, a town located 60 kilometers from Madrid. This locality is one of the most affected by the torrential rains which fell on central Spain during the night from Sunday to Monday.

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    They were near a bridge that collapsed due to flooding and at the foot of which large amounts of debris had accumulated.

    The first victim, an 83-year-old man, had disappeared in the town of Villamanta, seven kilometers upstream from where the body was found. The second, a father in his fifties, was taken away in his car in Aldea del Fresno.

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    According to authorities, he was with his wife and two children at the time of the tragedy. His wife and daughter were rescued shortly after the accident, while his 10-year-old son survived by clinging to the branches of a tree for nearly 9 hours.

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    A country on the front line of global warming, Spain is regularly hit by torrential rains at the end of summer and autumn, which struggle to penetrate the ground and suddenly cause river beds to swell.

    This phenomenon, called “Dana” by meteorologists (“isolated depression at high levels”), often has dramatic consequences: in 2018, 13 people died on the Balearic island of Mallorca.

    Source: BFM TV

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