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Central Spain Floods Claim Three Lives As Death Toll Rises

At least three people have died, and another three are missing as the weather service Amemet captured a record-high rainfall of 90 litres per square metre.

According to local media in Spain, a man was found dead during a police rescue operation on a road near Bargas.

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Another man died as rescuers tried to reach him near the Casarrubios del Monte, while the third person, believed to be a 50-year-old man, was reported as a missing person before his body was found on Monday afternoon in the town of Camarena.

Aemet reported that the weekend storm brought heavy rains to various parts of the country, including coastal provinces like Cadiz, Tarragona, and Castello.

The sudden downpours on Sunday and Monday turned into muddy rivers, causing damage in Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Catalonia, and Valencia regions.

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Madrid emergency service said firefighters and police were searching for one man in the rural area of Aldea del Fresno, southwest of Madrid.

He went missing with his son when the car was dragged into the Alberche River after an avalanche caused by a sudden spate.

“The minor was rescued after he climbed up a tree,” Madrid emergency service said.

The rescue team is also looking for a woman who disappeared under similar circumstances near Toledo.

So far, the Madrid emergency services attended almost 1,200 incidents on Monday night, with the defence ministry deploying army engineers to build a “Bailey bridge”, a type of portable truss bridge after the original bridge was swept away.

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