1 dead, 2 missing in flash floods in Spain

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Oct 23 2019 08:22 PM

Workers remove mud off the N-II road after floods caused by torrential rains in Arenys de Mar, northeast of Barcelona, Spain, October 23, 2019. Albert Gea, Reuters

BARCELONA, Spain - One man has died and two people are missing following torrential rains that caused flash floods in northeastern Spain, local officials said Wednesday.

The body of a man was found late on Tuesday in a beach in the town of Caldes d'Estrac some 40 kilometers north of Barcelona, regional police said on Twitter.

Firefighters said they were looking for two people -- reportedly a mother and her son -- whose prefab home was swept away by flood waters in Vilaverd, a village some 30 kms from the port of Tarragona.

Authorities said heavy overnight rainfall in the northeastern region of Catalonia caused power cuts that affected nearly 25,000 people and forced the closure of over 40 roads due to flooding and landslides.

Last month, record rainfall in southeastern Spain claimed seven lives.

Last year 13 people died on Spain's holiday island of Mallorca as intense rain caused rivers to overflow with raging waters that tore through streets and swept away cars.