Spain paralysed by snow, gets ready for cold snap

The snowfall which began on Thursday blanketed Madrid in white

The snowfall which began on Thursday blanketed Madrid in white

In response to the crisis, the government is sending convoys with vaccines and food supplies to people in need, as stated by the country's transport minister Jose Luis Abalos on Saturday.

Madrid's main global airport was closed and the operator said would not re-open until Sunday afternoon at the earliest, when flights would resume gradually.

Sandra Morena, who became trapped late on Friday as she commuted to her night shift as a security guard in a shopping center, arrived home, on foot, after an army emergency unit helped her out on Saturday morning.

By 7 a.M. On Saturday, the AEMET national weather agency had recorded the highest 24-hour snowfall seen since 1971 in Madrid.

"Health staff have been working (hard) for more than a year and this is just a short moment for us, so as citizens, we are trying to help; it is everyone's responsibility", said Fernando de la Fuente, 60, who helped clear the entrance to Madrid's Gregorio Maranon Hospital.

According to officials, one man and a woman in a vehicle drowned after a river burst close to Malaga in the south, while two homeless people froze to death in Madrid and Calatayud in the east.

Spanish officials meanwhile raced to clear the roads of snow before a cold snap transforms them into icy death traps.

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The Interior Ministry said a 54-year-old man was also found dead in Madrid under a big pile of snow.

Forecasters said the heavy snow would continue until Sunday, before Storm Filomena begins moving northeast, although temperatures would remain exceptionally low.

The snow converted Madrid's famous Puerta del Sol into a winter sports venue, as skiers and even a man on a sled drawn by five dogs - took to the normally busy thorough fare.

Filomena, the worst snowstorm to hit Spain in 20 years, has forced the closure of Madrid's global airport and left thousands of commuters stranded throughout the country.

The military, but also volunteers have cleared the access to hospitals in the capital, still under pressure in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We ask for patience, we will reach you all".

Others meanwhile, made the most of the conditions, getting about on skis. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy, content, images, videos, licenses, completeness, legality, or reliability of the information contained in this article.

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