With torrential rains and several deaths from storms in Valencia and Alicante in the last few weeks, it is worth remembering that the Mediterranean coast is characterised by extreme weather events in autumn and has always suffered from flooding, though year’s events have been grossly aggravated by building on flood plains and near dry river beds.
There have been 59 important floods in the last six centuries. This year is the 50 anniversary of 1957 flood (14/Oct), the worst in the 20th century, which caused 81 deaths, 52 of which were in the Valencian capital, as the River Turia burst its banks. 1,131,000 tonnes of mud had to be removed from the city. More from the great Alfred Picó.
But also seems that in recent years these extreme events have become more frequent because of climate change.