Storm causes chaos in Spain

Fifteen people, including four children, died as violent storms swept across Spain over the weeknd

, destroying buildings and tress, causing power cuts for more than a million people.

The four children that died, were in a sports center when the roof collapsed during severa winds in Sant Boi de Llobregat, near Barcelona on Sunday morning.

In La Nucia, close to Bendiorm, around 14,000 people in 25 different urbanisations have been evacuated from their homes in La Nucía, Benidorm, Finestrat and Polop over the weekend as a wild fire spread across the area. The fire appears to have originated from a fallen electrical pylon.

According to FECSA-ENDESA, the Spanish electricity company, around 40,000 homes are still without electricity as of Monday morning, in a total of 70 municipalities, around Cerdanya, Baix Llobregat and Tarragona, forcing the company to activate its entire team of emergency workers.

The severe weather, which began Friday night, has also taken on southwestern France, knocking out power for about 1.2 million homes, according to Electricite de France.

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