Spanish floods claim sixth victim

At least six people have been killed as floods ravage several areas of Spain.
At least six people have been killed as floods ravage several areas of Spain.

A 41-year-old man has been found dead in southeastern Spain, the local government says, bringing to six the death toll from by record-breaking rain in the last two days.

More than 1100 military personnel have been deployed to the regions of Murcia and Valencia to help rescue people isolated by the deluge and evacuate thousands to safety after a river burst its banks and cascades of water submerged highways.

The most recent victim was from the town of Orihuela, around 55km from the seaside town of Alicante, where acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez visited the emergency response command centre.

"Sadly, we mourn another fatality in Orihuela," Sanchez said on Twitter.

Three men were found dead on Friday, including one who tried to drive through a flooded tunnel, and two siblings perished on Thursday when their car was carried away by water.

The national weather agency maintained its weather risk alert at the third-highest level on a four-point scale for several areas in the centre and south of Spain.

Australian Associated Press