RAGING storm Gloria which has affected all of Spain since Saturday with strong winds, rain and snow, has already caused NINE deaths, and several missing, as well as river overflows, numerous damages to promenades, power cuts and roads, and high losses in agriculture.
Reports just in to the Euro Weekly News desk alert of a further TWO people missing since early this morning.
The Generalitat Fire Brigade are currently looking for a man in Jorba (Barcelona) and another in Cabacés (Tarragona). According to Catalan fire service, the man who disappeared in Jorba left this morning with his car and his location is currently unknown after not arriving at his destination, while in Cabacés they are looking for the occupant of a vehicle that has been found submerged.
According to reports there is also a third man reported missing in the Catalonia area, a crew member of a merchant ship who disappeared in Palamós (Girona) on the first day of the storm.
Meanwhile, the search for three people in the Balearic Islands continues. Two disappeared in Ibiza and one in Mallorca during the storm.
The President of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, will visits the most affected areas in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands today, accompanied by the Government delegate, Teresa Cunillera.
It’s expected they will fly over the affected areas, including those in the Maresme region, in the province of Barcelona, and the area of the Ebro Delta (Tarragona) as well as the Balearic Islands.
In regards to school closures, as Euro Weekly News understands, there have been some 137,000 Catalan students affected by school closures. Most of them are from schools in Girona, reported the Ministry of Education of the Generalitat.
Several classes have also been suspended today in Malaga due to the heavy rains. The orange warning was activated earlier this morning for rain and storms in the regions of the Costa del Sol and Valle del Guadalhorce, as reported by the Emergency Coordination Center ‘112 Andalucía’.