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FLOODS IN MAJORCA, THE WORST OF THE 25 LAST YEARS IN SPAIN

Palma de Majorca (Spain) / So far, nine people have died – among them, although still without official confirmation, two Britons – and at least six have disappeared after torrential overflows in the Levante region of Majorca (Baleares, Spain), where yesterday they registered even more 230 litrers of rain per square meter.

The floods registered in the east of Majorca constitute one of the most serious tragedies caused by rains in the last 25 years in Spain.

The reason for these “intense, torrential and persistent” rains – as Aemet has defined them – must be looked for in a DANA or cold front that, together with the east wind of a maritime character, very humid and temperate, and cold air in high layers of the atmosphere created the “perfect cocktail” to precipitate torrentially in areas of the Balearic Islands, something that occurs once every 80 years.

One of the fatalities, found this morning by the rescue teams, remains unidentified. Of the other seven, two have been found in S ‘Illot, one in Arta and four in Sant Llorenç, the municipality most affected by torrential rains.

The British media reports two Britons died last night in the taxi in which they were travelling in Majorca because of heavy rains, while the British Foreign Ministry indicated today that it “urgently seeks” information from the authorities of the island, although it doesn’t confirm even the possible death of the two British citizens.

The ex-mayor of Artà, Rafael Gili, 71, of the extinct Unió Mallorquina, died drowned in that town, of which he was a councilor in two periods, between 2004 and 2005 and in the 2007-2011 term.

In addition, at least seven disappeared are sought, a number that could increase, and there are more than one hundred people displaced from their homes and rehoused, the Civil Guard has reported.

After the flood which hit the town of Sant Llorenç in Majorca yesterday, a total of 300 professionals from different emergency services search for the disappeared, to which are added more than one hundred members from the Military Emergency Unit (UME).

The tennis player Rafael Nadal has offered the facilities of his sports center in Manacor for “all those who need accommodation,” the player has reported on social networks.

The meteorological stations of the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) in the towns of Artà-Colònia de Sant Pere and Artá, located in the Levante region of Majorca, registered yesterday 232.8 and 157.4 liters of water per square meter, respectively.

The 112 in the Balearic Islands has enabled the telephone number 900 600 112 to serve those affected and is also operational for those who want to provide information on the incidents.

The Military Emergency Unit (UME) has moved to Majorca one hundred troops, eight vehicles, a boat, three helicopters and three tracking dogs to join the relief work.

The President of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, plans to visit the affected area today, as well as representatives of political parties, including Pablo Casado (PP). (October 10, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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En el texto se dice que...    
A
se ha registrado una riada en una isla de España.
B
se ha registrado una riada en la zona norte de España.
C
es posible que se registre una riada en Mallorca.
Question 2
Según el texto, varias personas han perdido la vida a causa de esas riadas.
A
No se sabe.
B
Para nada.
C
Así es.
Question 3
En la noticia se dice que...  
A
se descarta que las lluvias intensas estén relacionadas con esas riadas.
B
esas riadas se produjeron porque apenas llovió.
C
esas riadas se produjeron porque llovió muchísimo.
Question 4
Entre otras cosas,  Aemet...    
A
considera que esas lluvias fueron tan intensas a causa de la gota fría y la humedad.
B
todavía no sabe la razón por la que esas lluvias fueron tan intensas.
C
descarta que la gota fría esté relacionada con esas lluvias intensas que se registraron.
Question 5
Según el texto, todavía continúan los trabajos de búsqueda y rescate.    
A
No se sabe.
B
Claro que sí.
C
En absoluto.
Question 6
En el texto se dice que...      
A
una unidad de las Fuerzas Armadas de España se ha desplazado a la zona afectada.
B
es posible que una unidad de las Fuerzas Armadas de España se desplace hasta allí.
C
el UME todavía no se ha desplazado a la zona afectada para unirse a los trabajos de auxilio.
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Relacionas una 'riada' con...      
A
la crecida del caudal de un río.
B
la bajada del caudal de un río.
C
el caudal de un río que se ha secado.
Question 2
Una 'riada'...    
A
nunca puede ser la causa de inundaciones.
B
causa inundaciones en una zona.
C
causa sequía en una zona determinada.
Question 3
'Aún' es lo mismo que...      
A
'todavía'.
B
'ahora'.
C
'incluso'.
Question 4
Lo contrario de 'húmedo' es...      
A
'seco'.
B
'templado'.
C
'mojado'.
Question 5
Un sinónimo de 'hallado' es...    
A
'perdido'.
B
'colocado'.
C
'encontrado'.
Question 6
'Fallecimiento' es lo mismo que...      
A
'muerte'.
B
'herida'.
C
'vida'.
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