Spanish President Pedro Sánchez has announced that later this week the Council of Ministers will declare a zone of emergency, usually known as the “disaster zone” Storm bar, mainly due to the rise of the Ebro, the largest in the country.
The water left two dead. Last Sunday they rescued the lifeless body of a 61-year-old man in Eliozondo (Navarra). Two days earlier, a 49-year-old woman in Sunbilla, in the same region, died in her car after a landslide caused by heavy rainfall.
This aspect currently represents the Ebro as it flows through Zaragoza, with a flow of almost 2,000 m3 / s. Many bank areas and a school near the river have already been flooded … The peak of the flood is expected in the next 12 hours: pic.twitter.com/r80EymASnv
– Meteo Aragon (@meteo_aragon) December 14, 2021
It is estimated that the tide of the river has already flooded more than 30,000 hectares distributed in the regions of La Rioja, Navarra and Aragon, areas Sánchez traveled to this Tuesday to see the situation first hand.
I would like to express the government’s commitment to mitigate the consequences of the Ebro flood for crops and households. We will declare the affected areas to be “disaster zones” so that the residents can resume their everyday lives as quickly as possible. 🌹 @sanchezcastejonpic.twitter.com/askJs306TT
– PSOE (@PSOE) December 14, 2021
In addition, on that day the top of the tide reached the city Zaragoza, the fifth largest city in the country where the river is expected to reach a height of six meters, with a flow rate of around 2,300 cubic meters per second.
The emergency services are on alert and in the Aragonese capital a school, public and sports parks, access to bridges and walking paths have been closed and houses near the river have been evacuated as a precaution.
This historic flood is expected to be even greater than it was six years ago, in 2015, when 40,000 agricultural hectares were flooded and losses were quantified 200 million euros.
Now the President of Aragon, Javier Lambán, has asked the government to invest 80 million euros in cleaning up the river to alleviate the effects of the intermittent floods.
In the Navarre region, on the other hand, the inhabitants of Tudela, with a population of 35,000, is hardest hit, with bodies of water over two meters high.
Since last Friday, December 10th, there have been overflows in various places in the Ebropass. The floods came shortly after the heavy snowfall, which just a few days earlier forced the closure of almost 60 roads in the north of the country.
Due to the flooding of the Ebro and Aragón rivers in Navarre, several incidents were dealt with, including the assistance of 2 people trapped in their vehicles and unable to drive away on their own. #We work to protect youpic.twitter.com/CMUo5rWn43
– Guardiacivil 🇪🇸 (@guardiacivil) December 13, 2021
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