Heavy rains cause flooding in Spain

Torrential rains on Friday after a prolonged drought turned roads into rivers in cities along Spain’s Mediterranean coast.

The fire services in Castellon said the most affected areas were the towns of Benicassim, Oropesa del Mar and Cabanes, where they had carried out three rescues and provided services in 27 cases.

Footage showed traffic and emergency response vehicles moving through flooded streets in the Valencian cities of Benicassim and Oropesa del Mar.

The state weather agency AEMET warned of 12 cm of rain over 12 hours on Friday in the province of Castellon in the Valencia region.

While the rains have caused chaos and economic damage, they have been welcomed by many in Spain, as the country recorded its driest spring since 1961, according to AEMET.

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