A 20-month-old girl has died after being hit on the head during a violent hailstorm that wreaked havoc in Catalonia, northeast of Spain officials said on Wednesday (31).
Fist-sized hailstones up to 10 centimeters in diameter hit an area around the village of La Bisbal d’Emporda on Tuesday (30).
They caused injuries — mostly broken bones and bruises — to about 50 other people, TV3 reported.
“People started screaming and hiding,” said musician Sicus Carbonell, who filmed the storm’s destructive aftermath at Castell d’Emporda, a nearby hotel where his band played on a tarpaulin-covered terrace when everyone was forced to run to protect yourself.
“There was chaos, with boys and girls running alone, some parents managed to catch their children,” he told Reuters.
“There was a little girl about three or four years old who wasn’t sheltered under the umbrella. I ran and grabbed her,” he added.
“Then a hailstone broke the fabric… and I told my group that either we walked into the restaurant or one of those ‘tennis balls’ would fall on us and we wouldn’t make it. [sobreviver]”.
The child who was shot in the head in La Bisbal d’Emporda died at the Trueta hospital in Girona, according to local authorities.
The hailstones were the largest recorded in two decades in Catalonia, according to the meteorological agency Meteocat. Parts of the region remained on storm alert on Wednesday.
Source: CNN Brasil