British couple among six killed in Majorca flash floods

Rex Christensen
October 11, 2018

The UK's Foreign Office said it was "urgently seeking updates" from Spanish authorities, according to the BBC, amidst fears of additional casualties among British nationals.

Two British nationals are among the victims of a devastating flood that hit the popular tourist island of Majorca overnight.

The deputy mayor of the town, Antonia Bauza, confirmed to Cadena SER radio that two others killed in the area were locals.

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 are grateful that we are all alive, but we pray for those that have lost their lives to this huge flood", Oliver said.

Emergency services sent out tweets in Spanish, Catalan, English and German in an indication of the prevalence of tourists and foreign residents on the island.

Many more foreigners live in the archipelago.

Police officers stand next to vehicles destroyed in Sant Llorenc, the town hardest hit by the downpours located 60 kilometers (40 miles) east of Mallorca's capital, Palma, Spain, on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

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Javier Martinez told the Diario de Mallorca he had to leave his flooded home.

"My house filled up completely and when it (the water level) dropped we left and went through the mud that the flood left".

Local television showed footage of beach umbrellas floating in the sea near S'Illot, one of the affected coastal villages, one man looking at the water with his binoculars to spot any missing people.

A five-year-old boy who disappeared with his mother remains missing.

Pedro Sanchez, who had been filming a swollen river with his mobile phone, said he escaped through the window of his auto and swam to safety after the waters rose two metres in 30 seconds, engulfing his vehicle.

"My honest condolences to the relatives of the deceased and injured by the severe floods in San Llorenc".

After opening his academy to flood victims, Rafael Nadal volunteered to help clear homes of water and mud.

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