10 Dec, 2021 @ 18:20
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Woman dies in landslide as Storm Barra hits northern Spain with ‘worst floods in decades’

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STORM Barra has claimed its first life in Spain after devastating parts of northern and eastern Spain with wind, rain and snowstorms.

A 49-year-old woman died in the northern town of Sunbilla, near to San Sebastian, after a landslide buried her as she sat in her car outside a friends’ house.

Images show the landslide on top of the roof and structure of a makeshift garage where the woman was stationed in her car.

She is the first life lost to Storm Barra, which has swept across western Europe leaving up to 59,000 people without power in the UK and Ireland.

It comes as the worst floods ‘in decades’ have hit northern Navarra, which remains on an orange weather alert through Saturday.

Rivers have burst their banks while local media is full of images of flooded roads, apartment blocks and businesses.

The orange alert, one below the maximum red weather warning, predicts gale-force winds up to 90 km/h, rain and waves up to 7m high.

Parts of northern Aragon and northern Catalunya are also on orange alert for strong winds and risk of avalanches.

Meanwhile on the Mediterranean coast of Catalunya and the Balearic island of Mallorca are on orange alert for 100 km/h winds.

All alerts are active through Saturday, with Spain’s state meteorological agency AEMET placing no weather alerts on Sunday.

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Orange weather alerts are in effect through Saturday in parts of northern and eastern Spain, for gale-force winds, rain, floods and avalanche risk. Source: AEMET


Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

Contact me now: joshua@theolivepress.es or call +44 07960046259. Twitter: @jjparfitt

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