Spain declares disaster-zone status for Madrid, other storm-hit regions

Spain declares disaster-zone status for Madrid, other storm-hit regions
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This came as the Madrid regional government warned rains predicted for Wednesday were likely to bring floods and further chaos, APA reports citing Reuters.

“The rains predicted by (state weather agency) AEMET, although moderate, are likely to cause floods when all the ice begins to melt,” the regional government said.

The snow storm brought the heaviest snowfall in decades and caused at least 1.4 billion euros ($1.70 billion) in damage to the Spanish capital, according to a preliminary estimate from the mayor’s office, though opposition parties have disputed that number.

 

Fallen trees and snowdrifts, which hardened into ice blocks during the ensuing cold snap, blocked roads and train lines, cutting off supplies to Madrid and leaving supermarket shelves empty.

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