Heavy rain has forced the cancellation of classes this Tuesday in 14 municipalities and districts of Murcia. An orange alert for water accumulation of up to 30 liters per square meter in an hour, according to the state meteorological agency’s alert level, has prompted maximum precautions to avoid displacement in the areas of Guadalentin and Campo de Cartagena. All day tomorrow
Therefore, teaching activity will be suspended in schools and institutions in the municipalities of Lorca, Aledo, Alhama de Murcia, Totana, Águilas, Puerto Lumbreras, Mazarrón, Cartagena, Torre Pacheco, Fuente Álamo, San Pedro del Pinatar, San Javier. , Los Alcazares and La Union. At the same time, the campuses of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena, the University of Murcia and the ISEN Affiliate Center of Cartagena will remain closed. In turn, the municipality of Murcia has also suspended classes in the districts of Lobosillo and Jeronimo y Aviles. Activity at UCAM’s Cartagena campus in Los Dolores will also be canceled.
Region activates pre-emergency phase and increases number of firefighters in light of rain warnings
Similarly, the student council of the University of Murcia (UMU) announced tonight that academic activities have been suspended due to rain warnings.
These locations will also keep day centers for seniors closed, while canceling any scheduled outdoor sporting activities. The Alicante municipality of Orihuela has also decided to suspend all teaching activities.
Educational centers have positively evaluated the measures taken to guarantee the safety of children and young people during a difficult day. The resolution published this Monday, which also includes the suspension of the school day, also clarifies that the absence of teaching staff will be justified if they prove the impossibility of reaching schools or institutions due to weather or obstacles. “The centers in the municipalities where the school’s activity is maintained should draw the attention of the students to the possible absence of those teachers,” the letter said.
Without ORA in Cartagena
The Cartagena City Council has determined that this Tuesday the Regulated Parking System (ORA) will not operate in the city, allowing the parking of vehicles on public streets by the citizens of Ensanche, who keep their vehicles inside garages. With the danger of flood.
The decision was taken in a meeting that the Directorate General of Emergencies of the Community has held this afternoon with the municipalities of the two regions where the heaviest rainfall is expected since midnight this Tuesday. The Aemet notice will not expire until one day later, at 00:00 on Wednesday. Some unions have also suspended activities in markets, municipal facilities and meditation at conciliation centres.
Looking at the development of rain forecast in #region of MurciaAnd in coordination with all administrations, we decide for tomorrow:
Closing schools, institutions, universities and day centers in 14 municipalities with Orange Alert (Lorca, Aledo, Alhama de… pic.twitter.com/5S1UJrH6eA
– Fernando López Miras (@LopezMirasF) May 22, 2023
Rest of the areas in the region remain under yellow notice with forecast of 20 liters of water accumulation in an hour. Despite the fact that the suspension of classes in these areas has not yet been determined, their municipalities have activated the municipal pre-emergency plan. The local administration has also asked the general public to avoid traveling by car and on foot tomorrow.
Lorca’s PSOE and PP cancel their tasks for this Tuesday
The election campaign has also inevitably been affected by the storm and heavy rain forecast for this Tuesday. The formations of PSOE and PP in Lorca have decided to suspend their electoral acts in the municipality before the alert issued by Aemet.
heavy storm and rain
The government’s representative, Caridad Rives, asked citizens to exercise extreme caution in light of the storm and heavy rainfall alerts issued by the state meteorological agency for the next few days. Rives expressed the need to avoid traveling by road as far as possible and, otherwise, go slow and not stop in areas where large amounts of water could flow.
“The alert issued this morning covers up to 00:00 on the 24th, affecting practically the entire region and warns of gusts of up to 20 mm in one hour and accumulated rainfall that may reach up to 60 in some areas of the region Therefore it is important to remain informed immediately, always in official sources and, if possible, to avoid displacement, requested the representative of the Government.
University exam will be held on the day of incident
The University of Murcia has informed its students that the exams scheduled for tomorrow Tuesday at the San Javier and Lorca campuses as well as at the ISEN Center in Cartagena have been postponed until a day capable of events. In such cases, the students should not request or prove anything to take the exam on that day. Academic activity in the university in these weeks is immersed in the assessment period, so the suspension of classes only affects the taking of exams.