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Avalanche leaves 240 stranded in Huesca ski resorts
AVALANCHES at the ski station of Benasque in the province of Huesca have left 58 guests and 20 employees stranded in a hotel on the resort.
In total, at least 240 skiers are said to be trapped in stations throughout the north of the province due to a series of avalanches falling over Friday night and Saturday morning.
Rescue workers have been trying to clear a path through the snowdrift, which has cut off the A-139 in Llanos del Hospital, the nearest village to the resort.
They are digging an ‘escape route’ out of the side door of the Hospital de Benasque hotel, because to do so from the main entrance would take them several days, says manager Jorge Mayoral.
The avalanche, said to be caused by rainfall and increasing temperatures in the last few days, is one of several which have hit the entire valley.
In nearby Senarta, three have blocked off the diversion to the hospital.
Further along the Spanish Pyrénées, an avalanche fell onto the C142b in La Pleta de Tanau, in the Naut Aran area of the province of Lleida.
A house with 10 occupants were left surrounded and had to be dug out and given temporary accommodation by the town hall.
Four roads in the region of Catalunya have been blocked by snow and, in some cases, avalanches.
These are the BV-4024 from Bagà to Coll de Pal and the BV-4031 from Castellar de N’Hug to La Molina, both in the province of Barcelona, and the C-28 from Vaquèira to Casa Sastrada-Els Avets and the C-142b from Vaquèira to Pla de Beret, both in the province of Lleida.
At least one ski station has been forced to close because of damage to pylons caused by avalanches – this is particularly the case at Astún in the Pyrénées of Huesca where an entire residential complex has been left without electricity and the resort is not expected to open again until later today (Sunday) after two days of being shut.
So far, none of the avalanches reported have caused any injuries or fatalities, or any significant property damage.
Coca-cola shuts four plants in Spain, axing 1,250 jobs
COCA-COLA Iberian Partners is set to close four of its 11 factories in Spain and make 750 people redundant.
Another 500 staff members will be relocated..
According to the global soft drinks giant, the plant at Fuenlabrada (Madrid), where the Spanish head office is based, together with those in Palma de Mallorca, Alicante and Colloto (near Oviedo in Asturias) will be shut and redundancy consultations will be ongoing until Friday, February 21.
Coca-cola has around 4,200 employees in Spain, and wants to axe the factories where 1,250 of them work to ‘cut down on inefficiency and duplication of work’ and to ‘consolidate criteria’ in its activities and procedures.
The firm expects to be able to offer voluntary redundancies where this would suit certain workers, and early retirement packages, to reduce the number of people who will be forced into the dole queue.
A total of 500 places will be offered in other factories around Spain, depending upon the extent to which existing staff members are able to relocate.
The firm wants to spread out its production base more in a ‘new circular map’ to include more concentration on the north of Spain, the east, Balearic Islands and the centre of the country.
Considering this to be a ‘more efficient’ way of working, Coca-cola will increase production in its remaining seven factories in A Coruña, in the north-western region of Galicia; Bilbao, in the Basque Country; Málaga, Sevilla, Barcelona, Valencia and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Customer services will be centred entirely in Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla ‘to improve response time and efficiency’, according to the multinational.
Coca-Cola Iberian Partners claims its business structure and production activities have been ‘too fragmented’ in the country and wishes to create a tighter corporate framework.
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