Flash floods kill at least 10 people in Mallorca

Ross Houston
October 11, 2018

A statement from the Foreign Office said: "We are in contact with the Spanish authorities responding to flooding in Majorca, and urgently seeking updates from them".

Witnesses said a dry creek overflowed, creating a strong current of water and mud that buried cars and tore down trees.

The Britons, who were married and in their seventies, were travelling by taxi about 40 miles east of the Spanish island's capital, Palma, when the vehicle was swept away.

"We are supporting the family of two British people following their deaths in Spain, and will do all we can to assist them at this deeply hard time", Britain's Foreign Office said in a statement.


Public broadcaster TVE showed footage of flooded streets and overturned cars along the guardrails of a major road.

The Britons and two local residents died in the town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, the town's deputy mayor, Antonia Bauza, told Cadena SER radio. Nadal also announced on social media that his tennis academy on the island would offer shelter to people affected by the floods.

Most of the victims were discovered in the town of Sant Llorenc and another in 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. The flooding also affected phone communications, destroyed two bridges and forced the closure of 11 roads.


Spanish weather forecasters said 20cm (8in) of rain fell in four hours.

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and members of Parliament hold a minute of silence for the victims of heavy rains in the Spanish island of Mallorca at the start of a parliamentary session in Madrid, Spain, October 10, 2018.

Spain's meteorological office warned that rainfall and storms were set to get worse in the archipelago "in the coming hours". Streets in towns near Malaga on the Costa del Sol experienced chest-high water levels.


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