Malta, violent storm Helios left destruction and one person missing
VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – Storm Helios left its effect of weather conditions in the past hours across Malta and Gozo.
A search and rescue operation resumed on Saturday morning after a person fell into rough seas in Valletta on Friday. The Armed Forces of Malta dispatched an aircraft in the area, while the police and a medical team are onsite. The operation was suspended on Friday evening due to poor visibility and weather conditions.
The Civil Protection intervened to save 17 people who were trapped in their vehicles, buildings sustained structural damage and several stones were dislodged and at risk of crashing down.
Malta registered the highest ever recorded rainfall in February with 140.4mm recorded on Friday. This amount is also more than double the average for this month.
The effects of the storm are still very evident with several areas and services having been affected.
The strong waves that battered Maltàs shores smashed through the newly-built Gozo fast ferry terminal in Valletta, leaving destruction.
A 17th-century watch tower in Ghajn Tuffieha has partially collapsed due to the powerful winds.
The damage is widespread, including other historic locations such as Cittadella ditch in Gozo and the Bighi peninsula wall which has collapsed.
– photo Clean Malta –