Spain saw their heaviest snowfall in decades in January 2021. The storm Filomena has caused hefty snowfall in the country. Due to this, even road, rail, and air travel have been disrupted. According to Fernando Grande-Marlaska, the country’s interior minister, this is the ‘most intense storm witnessed by Spain for the past 50 years.
Dealing with heavy snowfall has been truly challenging for Spanish people. Many shared pictures on the internet, showing how much the storm Filonema has affected their daily life.
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Among the severely affected areas, Madrid is one of the worst. The Barajas airport was closed due to the extreme weather, along with some roads. Also, all trains to and from Madrid were canceled. Further to the south, a number of floods have occurred.
Four people have reportedly lost their lives due to extreme weather. As claimed by authorities, two people; one from the town of Zarzalejo, and the other from the eastern city of Calatayud, had been found frozen to death. Another two had been swept away by floods while traveling in a car, near Malaga, a city in southern Spain.
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Dani Molinero, an ESL teacher and diversity educator, revealed that her region, which is the Basque Country in the north of Spain, was hit really hard by Filomena. According to Molinero, usually, in other years, the weather is warm and it rarely snows during this time of the year. But this time, the weather is too severe to the point that even schools have been canceled.
Reddit user alphasephirot who lives in Paracuellos, Madrid, revealed that the usual weather in the city consists of cold dry winters and very hot summers. The user added that while it snows once every couple of years, the snow wouldn’t even last long in the ground. The 31-year-old further added that this was the first time they witnessed anything like Filomena and that normally, people can be seen wandering on the streets freely.
However, in the present, traffic has been terrible, and the government has been issuing warnings continuously. This unfortunate weather is expected to last at least another couple of weeks.
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Between Friday and Saturday, Madrid, Spain’s capital was covered by up to 20 inches of snow. In some parts of the country, the temperatures dropped to -8C overnight. The Spanish government has taken the necessary steps the ensure the safe shipment of 300,000 COVID-19 vaccines, and they are expected to be distributed among regional health authorities later on Monday.
Among all the chaos, however, some stories succeeded in inspiring people. Stories of medical personnel that abandoned their vehicles and walked for hours to treat patients have warmed the hearts of many. A doctor named Alvaro Sanchez revealed on social media that he had walked 10 miles (17 km) for over two hours to get to the hospital. A couple of nurses named Paco and Monica stated that they had to walk 14 miles (22 km) to get to the hospital.