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US News Spain calls emergency meeting as Storm Gloria death toll hits 13

10:20  24 january  2020
10:20  24 january  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Spain 's government will hold an emergency meeting on Friday to deal with the impact of a storm that has caused heavy rains, powerful winds and huge Residents were left grappling with the wreckage of Storm Gloria , including collapsed bridges, damaged railway lines and entire beaches wiped away by

Spain 's government will hold an emergency meeting on Friday to deal with the impact of a storm that has caused heavy rains, powerful winds and huge waves, and killed at least 13 people. Residents were left grappling with the wreckage of Storm Gloria , including collapsed bridges, damaged railway.

a bridge over a body of water: Residents walk on a bridge on the Onyar river during the storm © Reuters/NACHO DOCE Residents walk on a bridge on the Onyar river during the storm "Gloria" in Girona

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's government will hold an emergency meeting on Friday to deal with the impact of a storm that has caused heavy rains, powerful winds and huge waves, and killed at least 13 people.

Residents were left grappling with the wreckage of Storm Gloria, including collapsed bridges, damaged railway lines and entire beaches wiped away by waves.

Water from a broken pipe on a damaged bridge flows into the Ter flooded river in Angles. © Getty Water from a broken pipe on a damaged bridge flows into the Ter flooded river in Angles. Catalan authorities confirmed the two latest deaths on Thursday evening. A man was swept out to sea while fishing in the coastal town of Ametlla de Mar and another was found dead in his car inland in Cabaces, where there has been flooding. Four people are still missing. 

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A calamitous storm has killed at least 13 people in Spain and left five others missing, as well (Emilio Morenatti / AP). Spain 's government will hold an emergency meeting on Friday to deal with the impact of a storm that has caused heavy rains, powerful winds and huge waves, and killed at least 13 people.

Spain 's government will hold an emergency meeting on Friday to deal with the impact of a storm that has caused heavy rains, powerful winds and huge waves, and killed at least 13 people. Residents walk on a bridge on the Onyar river during the storm " Gloria " in Girona, Spain , January 22, 2020.

Related: Town fills with foam as Storm Gloria smashes Spain (Daily Mail)

Worker looks at the high level of the Onyar river during the storm © Reuters/NACHO DOCE Worker looks at the high level of the Onyar river during the storm "Gloria" in Girona

"I think what's important right now is that we're all united, that we work shoulder-to-shoulder and cooperate, as we are doing," Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez told reporters after flying over areas of eastern Spain that have been hit.

The national weather authority said the storm had begun to recede but more than 100 roads remained closed and tens of thousands of students were kept out of school.

Noting that the storm had hit just as the area readied itself for the tourist season, Sanchez said his government had called the emergency meeting to help reestablish normality, guarantee security and address short- and medium-term needs.

Mallorca is smashed by huge waves and another town is filled with FOAM as storm lashes Spain, leaving at least four dead and 200,000 people without electricity

  Mallorca is smashed by huge waves and another town is filled with FOAM as storm lashes Spain, leaving at least four dead and 200,000 people without electricity Storm Gloria is expected to bring heavy rains to Catalonia today, increasing the risk rivers in areas like Girona could overflow. The Interior Minister has described the storm as 'exceptional.'Videos yesterday showed waves crashing over the seafront walls and sending water cascading down the street towards buildings in Cala Ratjada on Mallorca.

Spain ’s government will hold an emergency meeting on Friday to deal with the impact of a storm that has caused heavy rains, powerful winds and huge waves, and killed at least 13 people.

Spain 's government will hold an emergency meeting on Friday to deal with the impact of a storm that has caused heavy rains, powerful winds and huge waves, and killed at least 13 people. Residents walk on a bridge on the Onyar river during the storm " Gloria " in Girona, Spain , January 22, 2020.

A local resident navigates the flood water on his bike in the village of Claira near Perpignan, France. © Getty A local resident navigates the flood water on his bike in the village of Claira near Perpignan, France.

The storm tightened its grip on parts of the peninsula on Sunday, unleashing winds of up to 144 kmh (90 mph) and waves up to 13.5 meters (44 feet) high that slammed into seafront shops, wiping out beaches and boardwalks.

Near Barcelona, frothy sea foam carpeted several streets in the small town of Tossa de Mar.

Hundreds of thousands were left without power as the storm covered roads in snow, flooded farmlands and poured saltwater into the Ebro delta in northeastern Spain, swallowing thousands of hectares of rice paddies.

Last day of storm Gloria in Catalonia, Spain. © Getty Last day of storm Gloria in Catalonia, Spain. Those killed by the storm ranged from a 69-year old man pulled into the sea by a wave in Catalonia to another who died as hail pounded the greenhouse in the province of Almeria where he had been working.

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Spain 's government will hold an emergency meeting on Friday to deal with the impact of a storm that has caused heavy rains, powerful winds, and huge waves, and killed at least 13 people. Residents were left grappling with the wreckage of Storm Gloria , including collapsed bridges

Spain 's government is to meet in emergency session after the storm carved a swathe of A violent storm that has ravaged parts of Spain with heavy rain and violent winds has left at least 13 people On Thursday, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez flew over some of the worst hit eastern areas and visited

The prime minister said that while every meteorological phenomenon could not be attributed to climate change, it was evident it was having an impact.

"Public administrations have to reflect on how to shift gears and focus our economic resources and public policies ... on a new element - and that is climate change," said Sanchez.

(Reporting by Paola Luelmo, Emma Pinedo, Nathan Allen and Inti Landauro, writing by Ashifa Kassam; editing by Philippa Fletcher and Timothy Heritage)

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