Spain – Evacuations After Flash Floods in Alicante Province

Spain’s central eastern coastline was hit by severe weather between 18 and 22 April, 2019, including winds of 100km/h, waves of more than 2.5 metres and torrential rain of over 300mm.

Floods in Alicante province, Spain, April 2019. Photo: GVA 112

Flash flooding affected several areas of the Valencia Region. As of 22 April around 15 roads across the Valencia region were closed due to flooding.

Among the worst hit areas was the Marina Alta district in Alicante Province, and in particular the town of Xàbia (Jávea) and the city of Dénia. Images on Social Media showed flooded streets and some cars completely submerged in flood water. Alicante Red Cross said that at least 23 people were rescued from the flood water and around 90 people had to stay in a provisional shelter. Alicante fire services attended 55 interventions in the Dénia and Xàbia area on 22 April.

Spain’s meteorology agency AEMET said that Xàbia recorded 248.4 mm of rain in 24 hours on 21 April. Barx recorded 165mm, Oliva 143.5mm and Miramar 110.4mm during the same period.

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