Heavy overnight rains flooded Portugal’s capital Lisbon and killed a 55-year-old woman who was trapped by water in the basement where she lived, the National Civil Protection Agency said on Thursday.
Heavy rains and winds swept away cars and flooded streets, buildings and public transport stations, blocking some subway lines. The authorities have closed the roads around the capital and the tunnels in the city.
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Among hundreds of reported incidents, the local San Francisco Xavier hospital lost part of its roof and water flooded part of the building.
The Civil Protection has invited citizens not to leave their homes and to try to avoid depressed areas.
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Portugal’s meteorological agency IPMA has placed all districts of Lisbon under red alert, the most severe of three levels, and expects the rain to last until Friday.