Thursday, 18 October, 2018

British couple among six killed in Majorca flash floods

People clear debris as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc de Cardassar on the island of Mallorca Image People clear debris as heavy rain and flash floods hit Sant Llorenc on Majorca
Melinda Barton | 11 October, 2018, 07:27

The only missing person as of Wednesday afternoon was a 5-year-old boy who disappeared with his mother.

Rafael Nadal has assisted in the clean-up operation after a devastating flood hit his native island of Majorca.

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 said the neighbouring islands of Ibiza and Formentera were now on high alert as the rain and storms moved there.

The British Foreign Office says it's investigating reports that a British couple are among those people who've been killed.

In Majorca, the worst affected area lay 60 kilometres (37 miles) east of the capital Palma de Majorca.

Officials have said more than 600 rescuers and medical staff were at work and that emergency relief centres had been set up in sports halls.

Images posted on social media showed cars being swept along narrow streets by torrents of brown water.

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

At least three towns closed schools and hundreds of people were given shelter in sport facilities. The flooding also affected phone communications, destroyed two bridges and forced the closure of 11 roads.

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.

The Spanish weather agency said more heavy rainfall is expected on Wednesday in eastern and southern parts of the Iberian peninsula.

A minute's silence has been held by the Spanish parliament to remember the victims. Streets in towns near Malaga on the Costa del Sol experienced flood water which was several feet deep.