Majorca floods: Two Britons reported among five dead amid 'biblical' scenes

Pauline Gross
October 11, 2018

At least another six people were still missing, El Pais newspaper and other media reported, though emergency services on the island - which is popular with foreign tourists - could not confirm that figure.

He told The Telegraph: "We are in contact with the Spanish authorities responding to flooding in Majorca, and urgently seeking updates from them".

Spain's meteorological office warned that rainfall and storms were set to get worse in the archipelago "in the coming hours".

The Foreign Office said it was "urgently seeking updates" from their Spanish counterparts about the fate of any British people stranded in the area.

Local radio reported the death of the pair, along with at least three others, as torrential rainstorms hit the town of Sant Lorrenc - 40 miles east of the capital of Palma - on Tuesday night.

Two further victims died in the town of S'illot, authorities said.

"Our most honest condolences to the loved ones of the victims of the serious floods in San Llorenc", he wrote.

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Authorities said 80 soldiers and seven vehicles from the military's emergency unit had joined Wednesday more than 100 rescuers who had been working in the area overnight.

A dry creek overflowed, creating a strong current of water and mud that buried cars and tore trees along the way, witnesses told Spain's TVE.

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

Hundreds of displaced people are now being forced to shelter in emergency accommodation.

Dramatic video footage on social media shows raging torrents of water gushing through the streets of the town, with reports that more than 20 centimetres of rain fell in just four hours.

Spanish lawmakers observed a minute of silence in parliament in memory of the victims.

Other reports by GizPress

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