British pair feared dead as Majorca flash floods kill five

Blanche Robertson
October 10, 2018

A British couple are among five people killed in Majorca after flash floods hit the Spanish island.

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

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

A spokeswoman with the regional emergency service said two British nationals and a Dutch woman were among the victims, but she couldn't confirm whether six more people were still missing at midday as local media reported.

There are unconfirmed reports that two Britons are among the casualties as the floods hit the Sant Llorenc area early on Wednesday morning.

Other victims were found in Arta and the coastal town of S'illot, where the overflowed creek reaches the sea.

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

"We had to swim to try to survive."
Rivers burst their banks and swamped roads and people's homes - forcing some to take shelter in a sports center in the nearby town of Manacor.

Hundreds of displaced residents are seeking shelter in emergency relief centres, while soldiers have been sent to assist the rescue effort, Spanish authorities said.

Forecasters said that eight inches of rain fell in four hours.

The weather agency, AEMET, said more heavy rainfall is expected Wednesday in eastern and southern parts of the Iberian peninsula.

A spokesperson for his office says he will visit the areas affected by flooding later on Wednesday.

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