Publicado: Jue, Octubre 11, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

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

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

At least six people were killed in torrential rains and flash floods that hit the Spanish resort island of Mallorca over night, emergency services said Wednesday.

Two British nationals are among those among the confirmed dead.

A former mayor of the town of Arta near Sant Llorenc des Cardassar which was worst affected by the floods has also been named as one of the five fatalities.

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

People walk along the damaged waterfront after a storm on the island of Mallorca, Spain, on October 10, 2018.

The British couple were reportedly in a taxi when they were caught in the flood.

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"It all happened in less than 10 minutes", an unidentified witness with wet clothes and a blanket over his shoulders told TVE.

Rescue workers and military units from the Spanish mainland were heading to the area which is popular with British holidaymakers.

Most of the victims were discovered in the town of Sant Llorenc and another in S'illot.

Footage broadcast on Spanish television on Wednesday showed cars being swept away by raging, muddy waters, houses flooded and vehicles piled one on top of the other after the Mediterranean island was pounded with heavy rain in just a few hours.

"My solidarity and support goes out to the families and friends of victims and all those affected by these tragic floods", Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted early on Wednesday.

In December 2016, southern Spain was hit with severe weather, resulting in widespread flooding and several deaths.

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