David de Gea donates to Spanish Red Cross over flooding in Alicante and Murcia
Spain international De Gea, 28, was born in Madrid but outlets in Spain say he has a strong connection with Alicante since his father grew up in some of the affected areas.
The Spanish Red Cross tweeted: “€200,000 to support the people affected by the flooding in Alicante and Murcia.
“David De Gea, thanks for your solidarity.”
Extreme weather battered many parts of Spain last week and the Mediterranean coastal regions of Valencia, Murcia and eastern Andalucia were faced with a tornado, storms and torrential rain last Thursday.
It led to devastating flash floods, with the army drafted in to assist police and fire services in rescue operations. Authorities say six people were killed as a result, with a further 3,000 people having been rescued.
Roads and infrastructure have been submerged with thousands reportedly having lost their homes, including many ex-patriots from the United Kingdom.
The devastating weather saw some towns record their highest rainfall on record and the storm was the worst to hit eastern Spain in 140 years, according to local news outlets.
Officials have assured the worst of the weather has now passed, with extreme weather warnings no longer in place.
Parts of the Costa Blanca remain in ruin as clean-up operations continue to salvage the region. One eyewitness to the devastation was Nicola Cross, who moved from Manchester with her family to Spain in 2012.
The 41-year-old told the MEN: “It’s just been absolutely awful. We have known some torrential rain but nothing like this.
“We know one family who are still trapped upstairs in their villa waiting to be rescued.”
Ms Cross said that the situation is “definitely still critical” in some parts of the country.
The Foreign Commenwelath Office (FCO) has issued travel warnings to British tourists planning to visit Spain, which they continue to promote.
It states that ‘the extreme weather alert issued by Spain’s meteorological office (AEMET) has now been lifted’.
However, “damage caused by flash flooding continues to affect some areas in the south of the Alicante and Murcia regions, causing some disruption to local transport and secondary road closures.”
The FCO warned holidaymakers and locals in these areas to be vigilant and ‘follow the advice of local authorities’.