Weather causes havoc in Spain, Portugal

2016-02-14 21:02
A father and his son run to shelter from the rain near a flooded road in Arzila, near Coimbra in central Portugal.  (Francisco Leong, AFP)

A father and his son run to shelter from the rain near a flooded road in Arzila, near Coimbra in central Portugal. (Francisco Leong, AFP)

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Madrid - Rescue services are searching for two missing people after heavy rainfall and strong winds damaged buildings and blocked roads in northern Spain and Portugal.

Authorities say emergency services are searching for a 50-year-old man who fell off a bicycle and was carried away by floodwaters in the town of Albergaria-a-Velha, northwestern Portugal.

A search was also underway for a 73-year-old man who was swept away to sea while fishing near Castro Urdiales in northern Spain, emergency services said.

Flooding has swamped the city of Agueda in Portugal and affected the port of Pontevedra in Spain. Landslides have blocked roads north of Porto in Portugal and in Rioja, Spain, authorities said.

Spain's emergency service said it had been called out to assist people stranded by more than 300 landslides.

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