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Brand new cars lay ruined at the roadside after floods washed them away from a dealership in Spain

Shocking video showing dozens of brand new cars completely ruined has revealed the extent of the destruction in southeastern Spain after major flooding last week.

In footage shared online vehicles at a dealership in Orihuela, Alicante, can be seen crumpled and laying on their roofs after being swept away by fast-flowing water.

While some of the Kia and Nissan cars are seen battered by rocks on the road, others have landed on top of each other destroying their bodywork.

Rescue workers saved thousands of people during the storm that slammed into the Mediterranean regions of Valencia, Murcia and eastern Andalusia last week. 

Dozens of brand new cars, pictured left and right, were destroyed after they were washed away and damaged during flash floods in Orihuela, Alicante, Spain last week

Local authorities said some towns and cities reported their heaviest rainfall on record during the torrential rains which have destroyed homes and businesses. 

The downpours also forced the closure of airports in Almeria and Murcia as well as intercity train lines, major roads and schools. 

Writing about the ruined car dealership on Twitter, emergency information site CIEM revealed that the vehicles were waiting to go to their new owners.

They said: 'Reality always surpasses fiction. No apocalyptic film could generate such a realistic scenario.'  

This weekend the death toll from the floods rose to six after a 41-year-old man died in the town of Orihuela, where the Segura River overflowed its banks on Friday.

A fifth victim was found late Friday by police in the village of Redovan. News agency Europa Press reported that police said the 58-year-old man was swept away by rushing waters when he got out of his vehicle. 

The Kia and Nissan vehicles at the dealership were waiting to be sent to their new owners before the floods hit. Parts of some of the cars have fallen off, right, during the destruction

Ruined vehicles resting on their sides, left, are seen littered on both sides of the road and fallen into a ditch, right, during the footage which was shared online this weekend

Also on Friday a man died after his vehicle got stuck in a flooded tunnel in the centre of the coastal city of Almeria. Police managed to rescue two other passengers.

A British family also had to be rescued by the Spanish army after they became trapped in their holiday home for 12 hours.

Paul and Angie Spencer were staying in the Benfis Park villa, Alicante, with their four children when the Segura river burst. 

Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez flew over the devastated areas in a helicopter on Saturday.

Writing on Twitter he said: 'We deeply lament the news of a new victim in Orihuela. All my warmth and solidarity for the people affected by the heavy rains. 

'Together, we will deploy all our resources and aid to help the population and return things to normal.'

The storms in this area are a yearly metrological phenomenon, but they have been particularly fierce this fall, turning fields into lakes and roads into surging rivers of mud that sweep away everything in their path.

A man died on Friday after his car became trapped in a flooded tunnel, pictured are rescue workers at the site. The death toll from the floods now stands at six

A fire-truck drove in a flooded area in Redovan on Friday, where a man's body was found, as schools were shut in a move affecting a quarter of a million children

Dozens of cars were submerged by flood water in Orihuela, in Alicante, Spain. The 'gota fria' or Cold Drop phenomenon is affecting the Mediterranean coast with strong winds and rainfalls

Rescue teams worked at a flooded tunnel where several vehicles were trapped due to torrential rains in Pilar de la Horadada, Alicante, eastern Spain, on Friday

The rain let up a bit Saturday after drowning the area for two days. Spain's weather service decreased the alert for rain from 'extreme danger' to 'at risk' as the storm moved westward toward the country's central region.

Some residents trapped by the floods had harrowing escapes. Some had to be airlifted by helicopter from the rooftops of buildings surrounded by water. 

Four people were stranded on top of cars in a flooded tunnel until help arrived by boat and jet ski. Sixty other people were pulled from rising waters at a campsite that was completely surrounded by rushing water.

Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska said Friday that 3,500 people had been rescued from perilous situations. Police and emergency workers answering calls for help were backed up by 1,000 soldiers.

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