THE region of Murcia has been declared a “Catastrophic Zone” by the Crisis Response Organisation.
The province has been ravaged by the Gota Fria that has swept across the southern coastline of Spain, causing widespread damage, flooding and has claimed the lives of four people in Albacete and Almeria.
The Murcia San Javier Airport has been closed due to the storms and 43 roads have been closed to traffic amid widespread flooding.
Residents of Orihuela and Murcia City have been evacuated from their homes as the River Segura has burst its banks and threatened thousands of homes, with almost 3000 more evacuated from coastal areas along the mar Menor such as La Manga.
According to weather reports the worst of the rain has passed as the front moves north, but records have shown that this has been the worst Gota Fria in recorded history.