Over the last week, there have been strong torrential rainstorms in large parts of Spain due to the weather phenomenon known as the “Cold Drop” or “DANA” (Isolated Depression at High Levels), which occurs when cold air at high levels comes into contact with hot air coming from the earth’s surface.
There have been severe floods caused by streams and watercourses breaking their banks as well as directly by the storms, some of which included hail and many of which have caused significant levels of material damage.
For some parts of the country, where rainfall levels reached 252 litres per square metre, the Government of Spain has announced emergency assistance programs for the affected municipalities and is assessing whether those areas will officially be designated as “disaster areas”. Fortunately, the levels of personal injuries caused by this phenomenon, which is neither new nor unknown, are gradually declining. However, it is also true that the phenomenon itself is becoming more and more frequent.
VRS RTS already have teams of specialists deployed in the affected areas and is prepared to investigate and appraise the damage and losses caused by these CAT situations, which are typically handled by the CCS (Spanish Insurance Compensation Consortium), subject to the existence of damage insurance policies, and RTS frequently cooperates with this Consortium.