Floods kill at least nine on the Spanish island of Mallorca

by

At least nine people including two Britons were killed as heavy rain and flash floods hit the Spanish island of Mallorca, authorities said on Wednesday.

Torrents of brown water swept cars along narrow streets in the eastern town of Sant Llorenc late on Tuesday. Rivers burst their banks, and swamped homes – forcing some people to take shelter in a sports center in the nearby town of Manacor.

Damaged cars are seen after a storm on the island of Mallorca, Spain October 10, 2018 in this image obtained from social media. Joan Camacho via REUTERS
A general view of the coastline after a storm on the island of Mallorca, Spain October 10, 2018 in this image obtained from social media. Joan Camacho via REUTERS
Cars and debris are seen on the side of the road after a storm in Mallorca, Spain October 10, 2018 in this still image taken from social media video through a car window. Twitter @C0L1N92 via REUTERS
People walk along the damaged waterfront after a storm on the island of Mallorca, Spain October 10, 2018 in this image obtained from social media. Joan Camacho via REUTERS
Mud and debris covers the ground after a storm on the island of Mallorca, Spain October 10, 2018 in this image obtained from social media. Joan Camacho via REUTERS
People walk on the debris-ridden streets as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca, Spain, October 10, 2018. REUTERS/Enrique Calvo

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.

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

“It’s been a huge storm. In just two hours, some 180 litres of rain fell and we realized that we could not control the water,” she said. “The situation is a disaster and we’re trying to locate survivors and help people but everything is flooded and people cannot leave their homes.”

Residents swept water and mud out of houses as the floods subsided on Wednesday, leaving roadsides strewn with wrecked vehicles and beaches covered in debris.

Two men were found dead around midday on Wednesday, one in the northeastern town of Arta and another at S’illot further south on the coast. A ninth victim was found around an hour later, emergency services said on Twitter.

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

Debris is seen on the street as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca, Spain, October 10, 2018. REUTERS/Enrique Calvo
Destroyed cars are seen on the streets as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca, Spain, October 10, 2018. REUTERS/Enrique Calvo
People clear the debris as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca, Spain, October 10, 2018. REUTERS/Enrique Calvo
Destroyed cars are seen on the streets as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca, Spain, October 10, 2018. REUTERS/Enrique Calvo
Debris is seen on the streets as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca, Spain, October 10, 2018. REUTERS/Enrique Calvo
A destroyed car and debris are seen on the street as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca, Spain, October 10, 2018. REUTERS/Enrique Calvo

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez visited the rescue coordination center, spoke to emergency workers, and offered condolences for the victims.

“The most important thing right now is to find the missing people and respond to the concerns of their families and to everyone who lives near the affected areas,” he told reporters. “We will be there to support them at this difficult time.”

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

MADRID (Reuters)

You may also like

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: