31 Aug, 2022 @ 13:30
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Toddler killed by giant hailstone as storm strikes Catalunya in northeastern Spain

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A toddler has been killed after being struck on the head by a hailstone when storms hit Catalunya on Tuesday evening.

The 20-month old died from injuries sustained during the hailstorm after being rushed into the Josep Trueta hospital in Girona. 

A woman was also admitted into hospital with the child and was being treated for her injuries,

according to Catalunya Radio.

Some thirty people received injuries to their head and limbs during the storms and received treatment at health centres.

The Catalan firefighter service confirmed that it had been inundated with emergency calls after widespread damage was caused across Bisbal d’Emporada and Forallac when the storms hit on Tuesday evening,

Hailstones as big as 10cm in diameter were recorded, the largest seen in the area since 2002.

Storm warnings were still in place across Catalunya on Wednesday morning. 


Jorge Hinojosa

Jorge Hinojosa Mena was born and bred in Madrid before moving to the UK to study. After an undergraduate degree in Manchester, he completed an MA in International Journalism at City. He has worked in radio and for Spain’s Efe news agency before joining the Olive Press in March 2022. Contact: [email protected]

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