Snow-paralyzed Spain forms vaccine convoys

The Spanish government is forming convoys carrying the COVID-19 vaccine and food supplies to areas cut off by the heaviest snowfall to hit the country in decades.

Storm Filomena has so far killed four people across central Spain and in the capital Madrid rescue workers worked to reach 1,500 people trapped in cars.

Carlos Novillo is Director of the Madrid Security and Emergency Centre.

“It is going to be very complicated. We are facing extremely low temperatures, snow is disappearing but there is many in the road and it is starting to freeze and ice is appearing."

Police even broke up a large snowball fight after authorities appealed for citizens to stay at home for risk of accidents and their own health.

Forecasters warned of dangerous conditions in the coming days, with temperatures expected to fall as low as minus 10 Celsius, that’s just 14 Fahrenheit.

About 100 workers and shoppers have spent two nights sleeping at a shopping center in a town north of Madrid.

Spain’s transport minister announced they would be sending convoys transporting the vaccine and food supplies to those in need, after around 20,000 km of road around Spain became blocked because of snow.

Video Transcript

- The Spanish government is forming convoys carrying the COVID-19 vaccine and food supplies to areas cut off by the heaviest snowfall to hit the country in decades. Storm Filomena has so far killed four people across central Spain. And in the capital Madrid, rescue workers worked to reach 1,500 people trapped in their cars.

Carlos Novillo is director of the Madrid Security and Emergency Center.

CARLOS NOVILLO: [SPEAKING SPANISH]

INTERPRETER: It's going to be very complicated. We're facing extremely low temperatures. Snow is disappearing, but there's a lot in the road. And it's starting to freeze, and ice is appearing.

- Police even broke up a large snowball fight after authorities appealed for citizens to stay at home for risk of accidents and their own health.

Forecasters warned of dangerous conditions in the coming days, with temperatures expected to fall as low as minus 10 Celsius-- that's just 14 Fahrenheit. About 100 workers and shoppers have spent two nights sleeping at a shopping center in a town north of Madrid. Spain's transport minister announced they will be sending convoys transporting the vaccine and food supplies to those in need, after around 20,000 kilometers of road around Spain became blocked because of snow.