Portugal lashed by storms

Intense rain and high winds in the north of Portugal on Sunday caused flooding on roads, trees and telephone lines to come down, landslides and swollen rivers.

Various accidents were reported, the worst being on the A1 in Aveiro early on Sunday evening, causing one death and nine wounded – four of them seriously.

Six regions in the north, including Porto, Braga and Aveiro, were put on Yellow Alert by the Civil Protection because of the bad weather.

In the Braga district, the N13 dual carriageway resembled a swimming pool on stretches near Esposende.

A river in Caminha narrowly escaped bursting its banks while the Vilar de Mouros Bridge spanning the river was closed to traffic as water levels rose.

All over the north of the country, voluntary fire services received hundreds of phone calls between 12 noon and 8pm from drivers stranded on roads and residents whose basements were flooded.

According to the Institute of Meteorology, the weather conditions were set to improve in the early part of the week with rain only returning on Wednesday followed by a weekend of fine weather, it forecast.