Victims from floods in Spain increase to five

epa07840047 Two rescued men remain on top of a bulldozer on a flooded street in Orihuela, Alicante, eastern Spain, 13 September 2019. A total of four people have died due to the 'gota fria' (cold drop) phenomenon in the Mediterranean coast. The eastern regions of Valencia and Alicante continue under red level alert due to torrential rains while the State Meteorological Agency AEMET has reduced the alert in Murcia to orange level. EPA-EFE/Manuel Lorenzo

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At least five people have died and 3,500 have been evacuated from their homes after flash floods struck south-eastern Spain.

Rivers burst their banks as some areas of Valencia, Murcia and eastern Andalucía saw the heaviest rainfall on record.

Torrential rain caused chaos on roads and public transport with two airports in Murcia and Almeria closing down, leaving travellers stranded.

Torrential rains in eastern Spain
Members of the rescue teams work on a flooded road due to torrential rains in Pilar de la Horadada, Alicante, eastern Spain. EPA-EFE/MORELL

Vehicles were swept away by rushing flood waters, causing at least three deaths.

One man was killed after getting stuck inside a flooded motorway tunnel.

Another man was found dead in the village of Redovan in Valencia after leaving his home on foot earlier on Friday.

Torrential rains in eastern Spain
 A submerged van on a flooded road due to torrential rains in Pilar de la Horadada, Alicante, eastern Spain. EPA-EFE/MORELL

Via The Guardian/ The Local Spain/Reuters

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