Foreign tourists among 9 killed in flooding on Spain’s Mallorca island

11 October, 2018, 02:13 | Author: Sheila Harris
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Así se desbordó el torrente en Sant Llorenç des Cardassar Mallorca

Torrential rain has hit the Spanish island overnight with two British people killed in the floods.

Two of the victims were British, a senior official from the San Llorenc mayor's office, Antonia Bauza, told radio station Cadena Ser.

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.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "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".

Emergency services confirmed that there had been at least five deaths in total, adding that "several [people] are missing".

People walk along the damaged waterfront after a storm on the island of Mallorca, Spain, on October 10, 2018.

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

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The British couple were reportedly in a taxi when they were caught in the flood.

At least three towns closed schools and hundreds of people were sheltered in sports facilities and a local hippodrome, authorities said.

Video footage showed cars turned upside down, damaged houses and trees in the road.

According to the Spanish weather agency, more heavy rainfall is expected in eastern and southern parts of the Iberian peninsula.

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

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

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