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article imageTornado hits Gandia, Spain fairgrounds injuring 35 (Videos)

By Anne Sewell     Sep 29, 2012 in Environment
Fortunately the fairgrounds were closed to the public at the time the tornado hit, but 35 workers were injured in the storm. More flooding and heavy rains were experienced in other areas of Spain.
The tornado struck the fairgrounds in Gandia, in the Valencian Community of Spain, knocking down a Ferris wheel and damaging several other rides.
Knocking down trees in it's path, the tornado demolished walls and fences, cut electrical power and flooded the fairgrounds. The heavy rain fell at 207 liters per square meter at around 20h12 hours on September 28.
The 35 people who were injured were workers, and 15 people were reportedly seriously hurt and treated immediately on the site, according to Gandia's official website.
It is fortunate that the fairgrounds were closed, as the town's annual Feria (fair) runs from September 28 to October 1.
Local police closed traffic to various streets and areas of the town because of the damage caused by the storm.
The remaining schedule for the fair and festivals in Gandia remains the same, with the town awaiting improved weather over the weekend.
In other areas of Spain, flooding was experienced on Friday. As reported on Digital Journal, excessive rain in Málaga province caused flooding and evacuations, and a woman in her eighties died in Alora, north of Málaga. A regional spokesperson in the Region of Murcia reports that flooding killed a girl aged nine or ten, as well as two other persons.
Video: Flood waters in Bobadilla, near Málaga, southern Spain - September 28, 2012:
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