At least 5 killed in heavy rains in Spain’s Mallorca

Clay Curtis
October 11, 2018

Two Britons are said to be among at least five people killed as flash floods hit the Spanish island of Majorca overnight, emergency services said.

Bauza told Cadena SER radio that two other victims were local residents, including an elderly woman whose body was found in the basement of her house.

A wave of muddy water swept through the town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar after a river burst its banks following heavy rain on Tuesday evening.

When asked to confirm reports that a British couple were among the fatalities, the UK Foreign Office responded with a statement to Euronews saying: "We are in contact with the Spanish authorities responding to flooding in Majorca, and urgently seeking updates from them".

At present, another 12 people have been reported missing on the island.

Sant Llorenc, which is about 60 kilometres east of Mallorca's capital, Palma, is where a dry creek overflowed amid heavy downpours, creating a strong current of water and mud that buried cars and tore trees along the way, according to witness accounts.

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People walk along the damaged waterfront after a storm on the island of Mallorca, Spain, on October 10, 2018. "We had to swim to try to survive".

Spain's weather agency said up to 22 centimeters (8.7 inches) of rain fell within four hours, triggering flash floods in the island.

Two more local people were killed in the town, along with a further victim, who died in the town of S'illot.

Officials have said more than 600 rescuers and medical staff were at work and that emergency relief centres had been set up in sports halls.

Lawmakers held a minute's silence before the weekly prime minister's question time on Wednesday morning.

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