Floods swallow nursing home in northern Spain, kills four

Major flooding kills four nursing home residents in northern Spain as five are others hospitalised

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Emergency workers attended the scene where five residents were rescued and hospitalised after the rain engulfed a ground floor of the building next to the Sio River in the town of Agramunt, in Lerida province, Spain, Tuesday on Nov. 3 2015

Updated Nov 4, 2015

Flash floods hit a nursing home in north eastern Spain on Tuesday, killing  four elderly residents and injuring five others.   

Shortly after the disaster, witnesses said that the Sio River overflowed due to the intense rainfall earlier on Tuesday filling the inside of the nursing home in Agramunt municipality of Catalonia.

Following the accident, the Mayor of Agramunt, Xavier Secanell said in a radio programme that the floods also hit the southern and eastern provinces of Andalucía and Catalonia, leaving 10,000 people electricity.

The storm which has been called the worst in the past decade by local media caused many damages in Andalucia, and affected Catalonia with winds of 100 km/hour from time to time, toppling scores of trees.

Barcelona Port and Malaga Airport also got their share from the disaster, with many delayed operations and flights.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy sent condolences to the families of the victims on twitter, as fears have been growing over the possible increase on casualties from remote areas.

TRTWorld and agencies