Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Majorca Floods: Two Brits Reported Dead After Heavy Rain Sweeps Island

IB3 Noticies               A still from a video taken in Sant Llorenc on Tuesday evening IB3 Noticies A still from a video taken in Sant Llorenc on Tuesday evening
Jeannette Daniel | 10 October, 2018, 17:06

Torrential rainstorms that caused flash flooding of water and mud on the Spanish island of Mallorca killed at least nine people, authorities said on Wednesday.

Antonia Bauza, the deputy mayor of Sant Llorenc, confirmed two of the victims were British nationals to Radio Mallorca.

Between five and 20 people are still thought to be missing after the downpours, local media reported.

The British Foreign Office says it's investigating reports that a British couple are among those people who've been killed.

The Majorca Daily Bulletin said that people were rescued from roofs and trees after the deluge hit, and the electricity and phone connections were cut.

Other victims were found in Arta and the coastal town of S'illot, where the overflowed creek reaches the sea.

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Torrents of brown water swept cars along narrow streets in the eastern town of Sant Llorenc.

"It all happened in less than 10 minutes", an unidentified witness with wet clothes and a blanket over his shoulders told TVE.

The regional government called an emergency meeting and authorities said rescue workers and military units had been sent to the area to help. Rivers burst their banks and swamped roads and people's homes - forcing some to take shelter in a sports center in the nearby town of Manacor.

More than 8 inches of rainfall fell in just a few hours on Tuesday morning, according to the Spanish weather company Aemet.

He was planning to travel to the area later on Wednesday, his office said.

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