Snow and floods chaos on continent

Snow and floods chaos on continent


The Notre Dame cathedral in Paris is under a blanket of snow (AP)

Severe weather has brought misery to parts of the continent, with snow closing the main airport in Paris and a flash flood causing the death of a boy in Spain.

Flights in and out of Charles de Gaulle were suspended for several hours on Wednesday afternoon, while at Orly, Paris’s smaller airport, flights were delayed by up to two hours.

The snow quickly turned into a slushy mess in the streets of the city, halting traffic.

The Eiffel Tower was shut to tourists as staff were unable to put salt on the tower’s floors because of concerns it could damage the iron structure.

In Spain, rescuers found the body of a nine-year-old boy who drowned in a flash flood as torrential rains lashed central and southern parts.

The boy had been travelling with a brother and their father on Tuesday when their all-terrain vehicle was overwhelmed by water from the Alcudia River near the south-central city of Ciudad Real.

Elsewhere in Spain, around 100 homes in Cordoba were evacuated amid fears the Guadalquivir River would burst its banks. Another 150 families had to leave their homes in Lora del Rio in neighbouring Seville province.

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