A TOTAL of six people have lost their lives in the storms which left large parts of south-east Spain underwater.
Deaths were reported in Finestrat, Castellón, Murcia, Enguera and Xàtiva.
The first victim, a 77-year-old man, was caught unawares by a sudden stream of water as he attempted to enter his car in Finestrat, which washed him out to sea. His body was found shortly later.
The Castellón death came as the result of a car swerving off the road and overturning in the Grao area, killing the male driver on the spot.
In Los Alcázares (Murcia), a 40-year-old man was also dragged by the current and his body was found floating in a private swimming pool.
In the same Murcia town, another man was found drowned in a flooded underground garage.
In Enguera (Valencia), a 64-year-old man was killed when his car was dragged along by a stream of water in the Vito Conejo mountain ravine, while in Xàtiva a 58-year-old man passed away in hospital after being rescued from a cave that had been flooded out.
A full report on the floods and the aftermath will appear in Friday’s Costa Blanca News.