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Storms kill 31 in Spain, Portugal

Fall storms wrought havoc across southern Spain and Portugal, killing at least 31 people, smashing homes and destroying crops.

The dead numbered 21 in Spain and 10 in Portugal after the heaviest rains in memory hit the southwest corner of the Iberian peninsula Wednesday night, causing rivers to overflow and sending mud spilling through towns and villages.

Officials in Spain said the toll could still rise. In Portugal, officials said that they expected no more bodies to be found.

"It was a night of madness, a nightmare. There was water everywhere," Manuel Afonso, a resident of the village of Saboia in southern Portugal, told TSF radio.

"Nobody can remember anything like it."

In Spain, the worst affected area was around Badajoz, 250 miles west of Madrid.

Many of the 13 victims in the city drowned in their homes as rivers broke their banks. Anxious neighbors gathered as the bodies of the victims were carried away.

More rain was forecast for southern Spain.

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