Death toll from Spain’s Storm Gloria rises to 13 as holiday resorts call for urgent aid

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The death toll from Spain’s Storm Gloria has risen to 13 and three people remain missing as Balearic island resorts call for urgent help to repair wide-spread damage ahead of holiday season.

Searches were continuing on the island of Ibiza on Friday for Ben Garland, 25, after his jacket was found floating in the ocean.

Meanwhile shocking pictures emerged of the damage caused in Ibiza and nearby Mallorca just weeks before the start of the tourist season.

Mallorca

Mallorca

Thirteen people were confirmed dead in Spain’s Storm Gloria on Friday as resorts on the island of Mallorca (pictured) called for aid to repair the damage

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez visited some of the worst-affected areas on Friday, which were hit just weeks before tourist season begins

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez visited some of the worst-affected areas on Friday, which were hit just weeks before tourist season begins

Pedro Sanchez talks to Balearic regional President Francina Armengolas as he visits the area affected by storm Gloria in Cala Rajada, Mallorca

Pedro Sanchez talks to Balearic regional President Francina Armengolas as he visits the area affected by storm Gloria in Cala Rajada, Mallorca

A swimming pool was left hanging precariously over the ocean on Spain's Costa Blanca after the land underneath was washed away by the storm

A swimming pool was left hanging precariously over the ocean on Spain’s Costa Blanca after the land underneath was washed away by the storm

The Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez visited the worst-hit areas where beaches have been wiped out, promenades destroyed and cafes and restaurants by the sea severely damaged by the huge waves and gale-force winds.

The mayors of holiday resorts such as Cala Rajada, Cala Millor, Portocolom, Portocristo, s’Illot, Cala Rajada, Sant Llorenç, Son Servera, Manacor and Capdepera are worried that the trail of destruction will seriously affect how many holidays are sold at a time when hotels and tour operators are negotiating the sale of places.

Dead fish cover the beach in the aftermath of Storm Gloria in Cullera, Valencia

Dead fish cover the beach in the aftermath of Storm Gloria in Cullera, Valencia

They are calling for urgent aid and want the worst-hit resorts declared catastrophic zones so that extra money can be allocated towards the massive repair bill likely to run into millions of euros.

The Mayor of Son Servera, Natalia Troya said: ‘The beach at Cala Millor has practically disappeared. There is one month left before the start of the season, this is when the places are sold and tour operators ask for sun and beaches.’

Waves as high as 12ft swept away the sand in numerous resorts, flooded houses and tourist businesses, left huge boulders on the seafront and splattered walkways and promenades with mud and pebbles. 

Restaurant furniture was smashed up and umbrellas and sunbeds flung into the sea.

Pedro Sánchez promised to activate from this Friday, without waiting for the Council of Ministers, all the mechanisms at his disposal to give a response to the people and businesses affected by the storm in Mallorca.

‘We will spare no resources,’ he has promised.

Several houses along a stretch of the coast had walls demolished and gardens washed away during the vicious storm

Several houses along a stretch of the coast had walls demolished and gardens washed away during the vicious storm

Damage on the Costa Blanca coast in the wake of Storm Gloria

Damage on the Costa Blanca coast in the wake of Storm Gloria

Garland was reported missing after a jacket with his ID in it was found floating in the ocean, and searches are continuing to try and find him

Garland was reported missing after a jacket with his ID in it was found floating in the ocean, and searches are continuing to try and find him

Two people inspect a beach area near the harbor of San Miguel, Ibiza, after it was covered in debris from Storm Gloria

Two people inspect a beach area near the harbor of San Miguel, Ibiza, after it was covered in debris from Storm Gloria

Roads around the city of Girona have been left flooded after the Ter river burst its banks due to heavy downpours in Spain

Roads around the city of Girona have been left flooded after the Ter river burst its banks due to heavy downpours in Spain

‘I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to be in Mallorca and confirm the Government’s commitment to solve the situation that is happening at the door of the tourist season.’

Meanwhile more images showed the damage on the Costa Blanca in Spain – with a swimming pool left dangling precariously over the ocean.

The images were taken in the towns of Denia and Javea, both in the southeastern Spanish province of Alicante, Valencia region, where storm Gloria wreaked havoc.

According to reports, at least 10 houses were affected on the promenade of Les Deveses, in Denia, as well as restaurants and shops.

Images show a swimming pool left with no foundation after the land below it collapsed when it was battered by strong waves in the storm.

On the El Arenal promenade, in Javea, blocks of concrete separating the walkway from the beach were moved a few metres in some cases.

View of Mar Bella's beach after the storm Gloria that has left more than 12millon euros worth of damage in Barcelona

View of Mar Bella’s beach after the storm Gloria that has left more than 12millon euros worth of damage in Barcelona

Ibiza was also badly hit by the storms and has also called for aid. Briton Ben Garland went missing from the island during the storm, amid fears he was swept out to sea

Ibiza was also badly hit by the storms and has also called for aid. Briton Ben Garland went missing from the island during the storm, amid fears he was swept out to sea

Damage to homes along the beachfront in Mallorca following Storm Gloria this week

Damage to homes along the beachfront in Mallorca following Storm Gloria this week

View of the overflow of Ter river, after four days of heavy rain due to storm Gloria, in Girona

View of the overflow of Ter river, after four days of heavy rain due to storm Gloria, in Girona

Les Deveses resident Maria told reporters it was ‘a catastrophe’ as her house is by the beach and added ‘he city council did know what was going to happen. They did nothing to protect our houses and the sea destroyed them.’

Storm Gloria started on Sunday and has left a reported 13 people dead in Spain with five people missing.

The last person who died was an unnamed fisherman who was dragged by the water current in Ametlla de Mar, in Tarragona province, Catalonia region. Hours before, the body of a man was found inside his vehicle in Cabaces, also in Tarragona province.

Hugo Moran, the Secretary of State of the Environment, said to local media that the flooding is the ‘worst-case scenario’.

The Government of Catalonia has asked citizens of the towns located near the rivers Ter and Onyar not to leave their homes. 

Catalonia remains on alert for strong rainstorm according to the State Meteorology Agency.

Storm Gloria caused 435 incidents in the islands: 352 in Mallorca, 52 in Ibiza, 20 in Menorca and eleven in Formentera. 

In the coming days, the Prime Minister will also visited the affected areas of Valencia, Murcia and Andalucía. 

In his brief address to the media, he called for ‘reflection’ and development of ‘a culture of prevention’ in addressing climate change as ‘it is exacerbating the effects’ of such weather phenomena

The city of Girona, on the Spanish mainland, was also badly hit by the storm with streets and homes flooded in the aftermath

The city of Girona, on the Spanish mainland, was also badly hit by the storm with streets and homes flooded in the aftermath

Water from a broken pipe on a damaged bridge flows into the Ter river in Angles, near Girona

Water from a broken pipe on a damaged bridge flows into the Ter river in Angles, near Girona

View of the damages at Barceloneta beach in Barcelona, Spain

View of the damages at Barceloneta beach in Barcelona, Spain



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