Another day of despair for the vehicles that are still trapped in the snow in Spain. At least 4 people have died from the strong storm.
The storm Filomena has led to the death of two people whose vehicle was swept away by a flood in Malaga (southern Spain) and the cause of the death of another man found in the snow in Zarzalejo (Madrid) is being investigated.
Madrid is still immersed in chaos for the half meter of thickness that has accumulated
Emergency services have treated more than 2,700 incidents in just two days. Fourteen main arteries in the city remain affected.
“We had to paddle a bit until we got him out, he stayed three times, and then we got him to go out to the M40”, highlights one of the neighbors who has helped one of the cars that has been trapped on the roads.
“We have seen a quad that was trying to move and has stopped. But, come on, we have seen jammed cranes and everything”, points out a girl who takes advantage of the day to take a walk through the capital.
Mercury below -10 degrees
Now the authorities are trying to prevent this huge white blanket that has taken over the city from turning into ice. They have recommended that citizens remove the accumulated snow from some areas and that if they go out to the street they walk along half the tracks or move away from the cornices. Mercury is expected drop below -10 degrees in the coming days.
Spanish Airports and Air Navigation (AENA) reported this Saturday that the Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas airport will keep operations suspended at least until this afternoon “when they could be resumed gradually” as the weather situation evolves.
Metro de Madrid operates normally except one on the line, Cercanías has reported early that the service will remain interrupted until noon and at the moment the urban and interurban buses do not work either.
The priority is to guarantee access to hospitals and to open lanes
Precisely to help citizens reach health centers, the Army participates with its ambulances in the transfer of patients to various hospitals in the Community of Madrid with eight basic life support and advanced life support medical transports, which collaborate with the emergency and health services of the Community of Madrid.
The maximum alert extends to the northeast
A dozen Spanish provinces are on red alert. The storm affects 657 roads and thousands of trucks remain in emergency parking lots in various regions. More than 27,000 inhabitants of different towns in Castilla la Mancha and cities like Alcañiz in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula are suffering cuts in electricity and water supplies.