Rain causes more than 120 floods in Alentejo

The heavy rain that fell this Monday in Alentejo caused, until 20:30, more than 120 floods in several municipalities in the districts of Évora, Beja and Portalegre, especially on public roads and housing, said Civil Protection sources.

A source from the Évora District Command for Relief Operations (CDOS) told the Lusa agency that there were 49 floods in the district, in several municipalities, especially in Vila Viçosa, Borba, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Mourão and Évora.

In the district of Évora, 193 firefighters, municipal civil protection services and GNR were involved in the operations.

According to the District Command for Relief Operations (CDOS) of Beja, 47 floods were registered in the district, in the municipalities of Moura, Serpa, Barrancos and Beja.

The same source added that the municipality of Moura was the most affected, where there was a “partial collapse of the roof of a house”.

In the district of Portalegre, according to the District Command for Relief Operations, there were 27 floods, in several municipalities, with “higher incidence” in the municipalities of Avis and Ponte de Sor.

The source of the CDOS of Portalegre also indicated that 47 occurrences related to bad weather were registered in the district.

In the three districts some tree falls were also recorded.

All districts of mainland Portugal are now and Wednesday under yellow warning, due to the forecast of rain, sometimes heavy, of hail, accompanied by strong wind gusts and thunderstorms, according to the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA ).

The yellow warning for the 18 districts on the continent will be in effect until 12:00 on Wednesday.

The yellow warning is issued whenever there is a risk for certain activities depending on the weather situation.

IPMA predicts “a lot of instability” until Thursday, with “strong locally rains”, particularly in Leiria, Lisbon and Setúbal.

According to the institute, “it is expected that heavy rainfall is expected locally, with significant impacts, particularly in urban areas, where there is a risk of rapid flooding, and on road traffic”.

This situation occurs “due to the approach of a depression to mainland Portugal with an expression in altitude, to which are associated tropical air masses, unstable and with high water vapor contents”.

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