Spain: Heavy rains, floods kill at least five in Mallorca

Marsha Scott
October 11, 2018

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.

According to the Spanish media, people on the island have been rescued from rooftops and trees as 20cm (8in) of rain fell in four hours.

Tennis star Rafael Nadal, who hails from the worst hit area in Mallorca, has offered to open up his sports centre and tennis academy to people affected by the floods.

But the 32-year-old has swapped his racquet for a broom to help with clearing away the water.

Two of those killed were in Sant Llorenc, one in Arta and two more in S'Illot.

The Foreign Office said it was "urgently seeking updates" from their Spanish counterparts about the fate of any British people stranded in the area.

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Two more bodies were recovered in the town of S'illot, an emergency services spokeswoman who wasn't authorized to be named in media reports told The Associated Press.

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

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

Madrid deployed military units to the Balearic Island to assist emergency workers as they searched for missing persons and cleared the streets of debris.

Spanish authorities say that a total of five people have died, and a further 12 are missing. The flooding also affected phone communications, destroyed two bridges and forced the closure of 11 roads.

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