Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

British pair feared dead as Majorca flash floods kill five

People clear debris as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca Image People clear debris as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc on Majorca
Steven Clarke | 10 October, 2018, 19:07

Two Britons who were killed in a taxi are among the five people who have died during flash floods in Majorca.

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

At least another 12 people are still missing after the downpours, local media reported, though emergency services declined to confirm that figure.

He told The Telegraph: "We are in contact with the Spanish authorities responding to flooding in Majorca, and urgently seeking updates from them".

At least six people are believed to have died when torrential rainstorms deluged the town of Sant Llorenc, about 40 miles east of the capital, Palma, on Tuesday evening.

Heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca Spain
Image Heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca Spain

A policeman searches for victims near of the beach of Sillot, in Mallorca island, eastern Spain, 10 October 2018, a day after the flash floods caused by heavy rainfall hitting the island.

Two men were found dead around midday on Wednesday, one in the northeastern town of Arta and another at S'illot further south on the coast.

Rescue workers and military units from the Spanish mainland were heading to the area which is popular with British holidaymakers. The flooding also affected phone communications, destroyed two bridges and forced the closure of 11 roads.

Dramatic video footage on social media shows raging torrents of water gushing through the streets of the town, with reports that more than 20 centimetres of rain fell in just four hours.

Sanchez will be flying to the area later Wednesday, his office said.

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