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At Least 6 Dead in Torrential Flooding in Spain’s Mallorca Island

Flooding in Mallorca Pic Twitter @guardiacivil Image Police and emergency services are responding to flooding in Majorca Pic Twitter/@guardiacivil
Kristopher Love | 11 October, 2018, 18:27

The British couple believed to have been killed were said to be travelling in a taxi when the vehicle was caught in the flood.

Footage broadcast on Spanish television showed raging, muddy waters rushing down roads, houses flooded and vehicles piled on top of each other after the Mediterranean island was pounded with heavy rain in just a few hours. Images posted on social media showed cars being swept along narrow streets by torrents of brown water.

Antonia Bauza, deputy mayor of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, one of the affected villages, told Spanish radio that two British nationals were among the dead.

Authorities on the popular tourist island said 10 people, three of them foreigners, died after torrential rain deluged the region around the town of Sant Llorenc, about 40 miles east of the capital, Palma.

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

MADRID-Torrential rainstorms caused flash flooding on the Spanish island of Mallorca, killing at least six people and leaving nine others missing on October 10, authorities said.

Witnesses described having minutes to find safety as the water levels rose, inundating houses and catching motorists off guard.

Other victims were found in Arta and the coastal town of S'illot, where the overflowed creek reaches the sea. "We had to swim to try to survive".

Emergency services in the Balearic archipelago tweeted that the death toll had risen to 10 and a little boy remained missing.

Meanwhile tennis star Rafael Nadal, who is from the island, was seen joining in with the clean-up effort.

The regional government called an emergency meeting, and authorities said 630 rescue workers and military units had been sent to the area to help.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the flooding had been "devastating" when he toured the area on Wednesday.

Earlier on Wednesday, Nadal said on Instagram he was offering to open up his sports centre and tennis academy to people made homeless by the floods.