Lisbon heavy rain and flooding lead to one death

Written By Lara Silva

Wednesday night’s heavy rain led to 450 incidents all over the country. The most affected areas were Lisbon, Sintra, and Oeiras. In Alges, a 55-year-old woman died in a flooded basement. Her husband, who was also in the basement, was rescued. 

In Lisbon alone, there were 379 incidents, making it the most affected area, with Setubal (39) and Faro (10) following. 

The heavy rain hit several buildings, including Sao Francisco Xavier Hospital in Lisbon, where floors remain flooded, and a roof even collapsed. The Alcantra and Campolide metro stations were also highly flooded. 

Parts of Lisbon airport were flooded, leading to two flights being diverted. Luckily, the airport is now operational. 

Those living in low-lying areas were asked to seek shelter, and the Lisbon mayor urged everyone to remain indoors.

Mayor Carlos Moedas visited flooded areas last night and said that works to build a five-kilometer drainage tunnel should start soon. He highlighted the importance of tackling climate change and that this should not be “politicized.” 

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