Winter Storm Kills Five and Wreaks Travel Chaos
London, Dec 24 (Prensa Latina) At least five people have died, hundreds of thousands of homes are still without electricity and transportation has been affected due to heavy rains and high winds accompanying the storm battering western Europe.
British authorities reported the death of four people, two of whom drowned after falling into overflowing rivers.
In Normandy, France, effects of the severe weather resulted in a 12-year-old boy being crushed to death beneath construction materials, while the Coast Guard continued its search for a missing Marine.
According to The Guardian, the UK Environmental Agency issued 157 alerts for flooding in several regions of the country, especially in southern England, and warned of the danger of winds and snowfall in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Winds reached up to 150 kph in the Spanish region of Galicia, causing blackouts in several areas and the derailment of a train.
In Belgium the storm has caused minimal disturbances and changes in the tram network in the capital, Brussels.
According to forecasts by the British meteorological service, the situation in the region will get better in the next two days, but will worsen again on Friday.