Portugal – 1 Dead After Weekend Storm Brings Floods and Landslides

A violent storm that swept across areas of Portugal resulted in high waves, floods, and landslides. One person drowned after he was swept away by flood water in Albergaria-a-Velha. Strong winds and fallen trees caused disruption to road and rail links.

Portugal’s National Civil Protection Authority (Autoridade Nacional de Proteção Civil -ANPC) issued warnings for heavy rain, snow, strong winds and high waves on 11 February, particularly for northern areas including Minho and Douro Litoral.

Later ANPC announced that the warnings were to remain in place on 13 February, with up 50 mm of rain in 6 hours expected. ANPC said flooding was possible in areas around the Minho, Lima, Cávado, Ave, Vouga, Douro and Mondego rivers. ANPC asked that people take the necessary precautions, and avoid flooded areas.

On 13 February, a cyclist died after he was swept away by the flooding River Vouga in Albergaria-a-Velha. The body was found the next day after searches by personnel from the fire service, National Guard and civil protection.

The Mondego river overflowed and flooding was reported in Coimbra after 64 mm of rain fell in 24 hours between 12 and 13 February. Viseu municipality in the Centro Region recorded 72 mm of rain during the same period.

The heavy rain caused a landslide in Serdedelo, Ponte de Lima, where 4 houses were damaged. Around 12 people have been displaced, according to local media.

Areas of northern and central Portugal suffered flooding in January this year after a period of heavy rain forced rivers to overflow. Viseu recorded 94 mm of rain in 24 hours, and 100 mm of rain fell in Braganca between 09 and 10 January 2016.