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

Silvia Morton
October 11, 2018

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

In Majorca, the worst affected area lay 60 kilometres (37 miles) east of the capital Palma de Majorca.

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. The driver was also killed.

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

Spain's Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, has visited the island today and said in a Tweet: " I want to convey our gratitude to the emergency services, who work tirelessly to serve all those affected".

The regional government called an emergency meeting, and authorities said 630 rescue workers and military units had been sent to the area to help.

Video footage showed cars turned upside down, damaged houses and trees in the road. Rescuers with inflatable boats and divers were looking for vehicles that were believed to be dragged by the current into the sea.

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

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

Others were caught on the road, unable to reach their houses.

"As far as I know, I have lost everything", she told an AP camera crew.

In all, more than 500 people helped with rescue and cleaning up operations, as authorities said the rainstorm was unlike any people could remember.

"We have lots of vacation homes", Bauza said.

At least three towns closed schools and hundreds of people were given shelter in sport facilities. Spain's AEMET national weather service said that the probability of such an event "is one in a thousand years".

"This is hardly seen in the islands", Del Campo said.

In just two hours, some 180 litres of rain fell and we realised that we could not control the water.

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