A 10-year-old boy was rescued near Madrid after he spent the night clinging to a tree to escape severe flooding that hit the country due to Storm Dana with torrential rains in recent days, killing at least three people.
The boy disappeared with his mother, father and sister when their car “fell” into the Albere River in the town of Aldea del Fresno, in the Madrid region of Spain, on Sunday evening, Spanish broadcaster RTVE reported on Monday.
The mother and sister were found that night and taken to hospital, but the boy was missing until about 8 a.m. on Monday, when a private property guard found him, RTVE reported. Searches are still continuing for the boy’s father.
Heavy rains in Spain have claimed the lives of at least three people in the province of Toledo following severe flooding in the region, Emiliano Garcia Peg, president of the Castilla-La Mancha region, confirmed on Monday.
On Sunday, Garcia-Page described the storm’s impact as “extremely powerful and aggressive,” and images showed overturned cars and destroyed property.
The storm comes after a summer of extreme weather in Spain, which has suffered from intense heat waves and devastating forest fires. Scientists are clear that extreme weather will become more intense and more frequent as the human-caused climate crisis accelerates.
The intensity of the heavy rains decreased on Tuesday, according to what was announced by the country’s National Meteorological Service (AEMET). Downgrade alerts For the area from red to yellow.