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Madrid (AFP) Sept 29, 2012
Ten people, including a young girl and an elderly woman, have died in Spain as a result of floods brought on by downpours, regional officials said on Saturday.
Five people died in the Andalusia region -- a woman in her 80s, a couple found in their car, a man who died of a heart attack and another man in the village of Archidona, near Malaga.
Five people have also died in the neighbouring region of Murcia. They were two men whose bodies were found on Saturday, a 10-year-old girl and two men who were drowned in their cars the day before.
In the region of Valencia, 35 people were injured after a tornado ripped through a funfair at Gandia, according to local press reports.
Some 500 people were evacuated from their homes after the torrential rains caused rivers to break their banks and flooded roads and railways, regional authorities said.
Most of the evacuees were returning home Saturday to clear up the mess with the help of local authority workers.
The rains drenched the south of the country before moving east and eventually north.
The ports of Valencia and Sagunto, which were ordered shut during the downpours, reopened on Saturday, local authorities said.
Two cargo ships ran ashore on the beach at El Saler, near Valenica.
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Pakistan floods kill 371, affect 4.47 million
Islamabad (AFP) Sept 28, 2012
Monsoon floods in Pakistan have killed 371 people and affected nearly 4.5 million, the government's disaster relief agency said on Friday. Pakistan has suffered devastating floods in the past two years, including the worst in its history in 2010, when catastrophic inundations across the country killed almost 1,800 people and affected 21 million. As in 2010 and 2011, most of those hit by ... read more
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