In Portugal, hundred of hectares of farmland north of Lisbon have been left under water in some of the country's worst floods for years.
In Portugal, hundred of hectares of farmland north of Lisbon have been left under water in some of the country's worst floods for years. At the height of the floods on Tuesday (6 February), villages were cut off and hundreds of residence had to be evacuated from their homes. No deaths were reported.
SYNOPSIS: Worst hit was the town of Santarem in Portugal's central Ribatejo region. The River Tagus which bisects the country overflowed its banks. inundating dozens of surrounding farms. At one point the floodwaters were at least seven metres above the normal level of the river.
In Santarem itself rescue teams moved in to evacuate people stranded by the floods. The army was called in to provide a fleet of motorboats to assist in the evacuation programme and to ferry supplies of bread and other essentials to residents. An air force helicopter was used to bring in food to the stricken area.
Many houses in the suburbs of Santarem were affected so badly that the waters rose past windows on the second floor, and police described it as a miracle that no one had been drowned.
But it was likely to be some time before the floods receded sufficiently for residents to return to their homes.
Outside the town there were fears for this year's crops. Ribawtejo is an important wine-growing area, and according to local farmers the vineyards could suffer badly.
A number of roads were almost impassable and other completely cut off by the floods.