MADRID (Reuters)-The Spanish government will send a convoy on Monday with COVID-19 vaccines and food supplies to areas cut off by storm Filomena. The blizzard caused the largest snowfall in decades in central Spain and killed four people.
In central Spain, a rare snowstorm affected more than 430 roads, and hundreds of passengers were stranded at Madrid’s Barajas Airport, which closed on Friday but will gradually reopen later on Sunday.
Forecasters warned that dangerous conditions will occur in the next few days, and the temperature is expected to drop to minus 1
“The promise is to ensure the provision of health, vaccines and food. The Minister of Transport has opened the channels for the delivery of goods,” Transport Minister Jose Luis Abalos said on Sunday.
After being trapped by a blizzard on Friday, about 100 workers and shoppers slept for two nights in a shopping mall in the northern town of Majadahonda in Madrid.
Ivan Alcala, a restaurant staff member, told TVE: “Someone is lying on cardboard on the ground.”
Dr. Álvaro Sanchez walked 17 kilometers in the snow on Saturday and worked at a hospital in Majadahonda, which prompted the owner of the 4×4 vehicle to lift the medical staff to work.
Officials said a man and a woman in a car drowned after a river near Malaga in the south broke, while two homeless people in Madrid and Calatayud in the east were frozen. dead.
Madrid train services, which were cancelled since Friday, resumed on Sunday.
The National Weather Service (Aemet) said that 20-30 centimeters (7-8 inches) of snow fell in Madrid on Saturday, the largest amount of snow since 1971.
Reporting by Graham Keeley, Juan Medina and Susana Vera Guillermo Martinez; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky, Frances Kerry and Bernadette Baum