Rain and strong wind cause 42 occurrences in the Algarve during Christmas

Occurrences were promptly resolved by the Civil Protection

The adverse weather situation that hit the Algarve region, with greater incidence at dawn and Christmas Day, caused 42 occurrences in the last 48 hours, reveals the Regional Emergency and Civil Protection Command of the Algarve.

According to a press release, the municipalities of Loulé (9) and Portimão (6) were the most affected, although also in Albufeira, Aljezur, Faro, Lagoa, Lagos, Monchique, Olhão, Tavira and Vila do Bispo situations occurred as a result of rainfall and episodes of strong wind.

“16 tree falls, two mass movements, two floods, nine structures falls and 11 road obstructions were reported, highlighting the cut of Municipal Road 514 – Asseca, Ponte S. Domingos, in the parishes of Santa Maria and Santiago , Tavira, due to rising water», explains the Regional Command.



These occurrences required "the intervention of 186 workers, supported by 65 vehicles from different Municipal Services and Civil Protection agents, from which the Fire Departments stand out."

"All occurrences were resolved by the municipal level of civil protection, without the need for regional reinforcement."

The National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority raised, in light of the forecasts of the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA), the level of the State of Special Alert for the Integrated Device for Protection and Relief Operations (DIOPS).

This measure required, between 00:00 on the 24th of December and 23:59 on the 25th, “the increase in the readiness of the response forces and the anticipation of operational measures that mitigated the risk”.