10 dead in torrential flooding on Spain’s Mallorca island

11 Octubre, 2018, 18:26 | Author: Thomas Hicks
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Así se desbordó el torrente en Sant Llorenç des Cardassar Mallorca

A Scottish couple have been named as victims of a flash flood in Majorca.

Muddy waters rushed down roads, houses were flooded and vehicles piled up on top of each other after the Mediterranean island was pounded with rain in just a few hours, video footage showed.

Torrents of brown water swept cars along narrow streets in the eastern town of Sant Llorenc late on Tuesday.

Witnesses said a dry creek overflowed, creating a strong current of water and mud that buried cars and tore down trees.

World No.1 tennis star Rafael Nadal has taken part in the recovery efforts after a torrential rainstorm caused flash flooding and killed at least 10 people in Mallorca.

Soldiers used shovels to clear the thick mud from the streets of the town, 60 kilometres (40 miles) east of the island's capital of Palma.

The Foreign Office said in a statement: "We are in contact with the Spanish authorities responding to flooding in Majorca, and urgently seeking updates from them".

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The vehicle was submerged and on its side at the mouth of the torrent in S'Illot on Wednesday.

"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. An elderly woman's body was found in the basement of her house.

Rafel Gili Sastre, 71, a former municipal mayor, 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", Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Twitter. Nadal also announced on social media that his tennis academy on the island would offer shelter to people affected by the floods.

The regional government called an emergency meeting and authorities said rescue workers and military units were heading to the area to help.

At least three towns closed schools and hundreds of people were sheltered in sport facilities and a local horse racing track, authorities said.

Sanchez will be flying to the area later Wednesday, his office said.

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