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Latino Daily News

Sunday January 20, 2013

Recent Weather Conditions Affect Airports, Kill 3 in Spain

The wind-, rain- and snowstorm affecting a large part of Spain on the weekend, along with other European countries, has taken the lives of three people and affected rail, air and road traffic.

The victims, all of whom died on Saturday, were two men between 45 and 50 years old, who were killed when a strong gust of wind caused a wall to collapse on top of them in the southeastern town of Cartagena, and a 54-year-old woman who was crushed by a gate in the southwestern province of Badajoz.

The storm has caused flight delays and cancellations at several airports in Spain, and is also affecting airports in several other European countries, including Heathrow and Gatwick in London, and Charles de Gaulle and Orly in Paris, as well as those in the cities of Frankfurt and Brussels, the Spanish airport management company AENA told Efe.

So far, 14 flights to France and Britain have been cancelled at the Madrid-Barajas airport and 18 flights to the same destinations have been cancelled at the Barcelona airport, the AENA source said.

Also, the heavy rain forced authorities to suspend operations on the rail line between Madrid and Cantabria after landslides damaged the tracks, the railway management firm Adif told Efe.

Moreover, the high-velocity Madrid-Seville and Madrid-Valencia rail lines suffered temporary shutdowns and the subsequent delay of trains.

The overflowing of Spain’s largest river, the Ebro, in the southern part of the region of Navarre, destroyed crops and forced traffic to be halted on the highway linking Pamplona, in the northern part of the country, with Madrid.