Toddler dies in Catalonia after being hit by large hailstone | Spain

A 20-month-old girl has died in Catalonia after being hit by a large hailstone as severe storms raged across parts of the northeastern region of Spain, raining down the biggest rocks seen in two decades and injuring dozens of people.

The girl, who has not been named, was hit by hail during a storm on Tuesday evening in the town of La Bisbal d’Empordà, in the province of Girona. She was taken to a hospital in the provincial capital, but died of her injuries in the early hours of Wednesday.

“We had the terrible case of the little girl who was hit by a stone,” the town’s mayor, Carme Vall, told Spanish national television channel RTVE on Wednesday morning. “There wasn’t much to do for her and she died today. It was a terrible accident. »

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The mayor told Catalan radio station RAC 1 that hardly any rain had fallen, just hailstones up to 11cm wide. “The hail fell for only 10 minutes, but it was 10 minutes of terror,” she added.

Catalan regional president Pere Aragonès said his thoughts were with the girl’s family and all those affected by the storms. He also thanked the regional emergency services for their efforts. “Painfully touched by this tragedy, I want to send my condolences to the family,” Aragonès said in a tweet. “A really big hug. All our support for the inhabitants of La Bisbal affected by hail. The Government of Catalonia is on your side.

The Catalan meteorological office, MeteoCat, said a hailstone 10cm in diameter had been found in the town where the girl died, making Tuesday’s hailstones the biggest in the region since 2002.

Catalonia’s regional firefighting service, the Bombers, said it received 39 calls from La Bisbal d’Empordà overnight and two from the nearby town of Forallac. He said the hailstorms shattered roof tiles and knocked down cables.

Residents posted pictures on social media showing hailstones and the damage they had caused to homes, vehicles and outdoor furniture.

On Wednesday morning, MeteoCat predicted lower temperatures and unstable conditions, adding: “Some of the precipitation could fall with great intensity and again be accompanied by hailstorms.”

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