Friday, October 7

At least one dead and 17 injured at the Cullera Medusa festival when several structures gave way due to the wind

One person has died – a 28-year-old man – and seventeen have been injured of varying degrees during the celebration of the Medusa Festival in Cullera (Valencia) after the fall this morning of various structures and parts of the main stage due to strong gusts of wind, over 90 kilometers per hour.

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The organization of the Festival has issued a statement informing that after the inclement weather that occurred this morning they have vacated the venue as a preventive measure and with the aim of guaranteeing the safety of the attendees, and the activity is “temporarily suspended”, reports EFE.

The Festival, which expected to gather some 320,000 people until Sunday, began its official electronic music program this Friday. Around four in the morning, strong gusts of wind have caused several structures to fall, including the large sign at the main entrance, and parts of the stages, some of which have fallen on the public.

As reported by 112 on its social networks, the events occurred at 4:18 a.m. and one death has been recorded, three people injured with serious polytrauma and fourteen with minor bruises. The wounded have been moved to several hospitals. In addition, there have been 40 people evacuated.

Some of the attendees have explained that they have felt like a “sandstorm”, “air that burns” or “like black smoke” and have seen how several structures fell on people, one of them from the main stage.

According to the State Meteorological Agency, during this morning there have been “warm outbursts” with very strong gusts of wind and sudden rises in temperature.

High heat alert

The Generalitat Valenciana activated this Friday the alert due to the strong heat and west wind throughout the weekend, intensifying surveillance against the risk of forest fires and taking extreme measures to protect people. Among the decisions adopted by the Valencian Government was the closure of 17 of the 22 natural parks and the prohibition of sports activities and fireworks in these venues.