17 Sep, 2019 @ 14:39
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Death toll reaches seven as body of Dutchman found near Dolores following deadly Costa Blanca floods

GUARDIA Civil have recovered the body of the seventh flood victim following catastrophic weather that hit the Costa Blanca last week.

TRAGEDY: Seven deaths now confirmed

The deceased has been named as a 66-year-old Dutchman, recovered from the Canal de la Reina at San Fulgencio, in the Vega Baja region, at 1240 today.

Guardia Civil confirmed it was the same Dutchman missing since last Sunday, when he was taken by the current into a ditch near Dolores.

The body was found by a volunteer working in the area and a Civil Guard Mountain Rescue team have moved the body away by helicopter.

The Vega Baja area of Alicante has by far been the worst affected by the recent ‘Gota Fria’ storm, registering two deaths so far.

The first two fatalities were a brother and sister found in a car in Albacete last Thursday, followed by a driver swept off the motorway in Granada and a man trapped in a tunnel in Almería.

A fifth man was killed near Benferri when he stepped out of his truck and was swept away by floodwaters. A sixth fatality was named on Saturday in the devastated city of Orihuela.

READ MORE: At least six feared dead in Costa Blanca flooding after roads, railways and airports close

READ MORE: ‘Warming Mediterranean Sea’ was behind record-breaking rain, claims Alicante professor

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