SIX people have died in Spain as the ‘Beast from the East’ hits the country.

The violent weather front has brought heavy snow, rain and gale force winds across the country bringing transport to a grinding halt and forcing schools to close.

Orange alerts have been issued across the Canary Islands, Catalonia, Basque Country, Navarra and Aragon.

In Galdakao, Biscay one man died after slipping on the ice and hitting his head on the pavement.

A council worker from Hinojos, Huelva died following a falling tree branch.

Three people died in Huesca, with two involved in a road accident and a ski instructor falling fowl of an avalanche in Formigal.

A man in the Asturias died from hypothermia after abandoning a truck.

Currently 24 people have died across Europe.

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