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Fires burn in wake of storms in Spain

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Fires burn in wake of storms in Spain

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Parts of Spain that spent the start of the weekend in the grip of violent storms now face the threat of wildfires. Blazes caused by fallen power lines have been burning in the regions of Valencia and Catalonia.

In urban areas, people are still counting the material cost of hurricane-strength winds. But the heaviest cost has been the death toll: the storms have claimed 11 lives across Spain. Four children died near Barcelona when the roof of a sports centre blew away, causing part of the wall to collapse. A funeral service will take place on Monday. Four people were killed in France and one woman died after being swept out to sea in Italy as the storm continued its path eastwards.