Spain: Heavy rains, floods kill at least five in Mallorca

Lynette Rowe
October 11, 2018

The Britons killed were travelling in a taxi which was overcome by floodwater, The Telegraph reports.

The agency's data showed that some parts of the island received up to 23 centimeters (nine inches) of rainfall in around four hours on Tuesday evening, more than one third of the average amount that rains annually.

A spokesman for the Spanish central government's office in the Balearic Islands told AFP nine people had died while six others had been formally identified as missing.

The Spaniard sprung into action after the town of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, about 60 kilometres east of the island's capital Palma, was devastated by the rainstorm.

In an emailed statement, the British government's Foreign Office 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".

Witnesses described a torrent of water and mud that buried cars and tore down trees.

"I hardly had any clothes on me as they all got caught on a metal fence when I was swimming", Manuel Torrescusa told the Diario de Mallorca.

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Rescue workers reportedly found the vehicle submerged and on its side at the mouth of the torrent in S'Illot at 2am (1am BST) on Wednesday.

Former municipal mayor Rafel Gili Sastre, 71 was later found dead at his home, the paper said.

"My solidarity and support goes out to the families and friends of victims and all those affected by these tragic floods", said Sanchez.

Marks on the walls showed flood waters reached up to a height of at least a metre (three feet).

Spanish authorities said 80 soldiers would join more than 100 rescuers working in the area.

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, who is from the affected area in Majorca, said on Instagram he was offering to open up his sports centre and tennis academy to people made homeless by the floods.

"What is most urgent right now is to find missing people and address the concerns of their relatives and all neighbours", Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said during a visit to the disaster zone.

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