(Madrid) Emergency services are hard at work on Wednesday on the Spanish island of Mallorca to help dozens of motorists trapped by snow, an extremely rare event on this island in the Mediterranean archipelago of the Balearic Islands. which rather evokes the beach and the sun.
“We ask people not to go out to see the snow, whether by car or on foot. We must all help the device to work in order to rescue the people who remain trapped, ”asked the emergency services.
“The authorities are working in coordination with the police to reach the Cúber refuge, the Font del Noguer and the Sa Calobra path to rescue those who are still isolated,” the Balearic regional government announced in a press release, stating that all these people were “in good health”.
Three helicopters were deployed to participate in the evacuation system, as well as 90 soldiers from the Army Emergency Unit (UME), who clear the roads with snowplows, an amazing scene on this island.
Particularly popular with tourists in summer, the island of Majorca, the largest of the archipelago, which normally enjoys a mild and sunny winter, was the place most affected in Spain by the passage of the storm Juliet.
But if it snowed at sea level in Mallorca, it was the Sierra de Tramuntana, a mountain range crossing the north of the island, which received the most precipitation, with more than a meter of snow, according to the National Meteorological Agency (Aemet).
A hundred people thus had to take refuge in the monastery of Lluc, a place whose access had to be cleared for the evacuation on Tuesday afternoon.
In the rest of the country, snow fell overnight from Monday to Tuesday in coastal regions such as Barcelona or San Sebastián, while in the interior of the country some cities recorded temperatures well below -10 º .