Two Britons killed in taxi among five dead in Majorca flash floods

11 October, 2018, 02:13 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Majorca Floods: Two Brits Reported Dead After Heavy Rain Sweeps Island

Two Britons are reportedly among five people killed as flood waters, sparked by torrential rain, swept through towns on the Spanish island of Majorca.

Bauza told Cadena SER radio that two other victims were local residents, including an elderly woman whose body was found in the basement of her house.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are supporting the family of two British people following their deaths in Spain, and will do all we can to assist them at this deeply hard time".

Sant Llorenc, which is about 60 kilometres east of Mallorca's capital, Palma, is where a dry creek overflowed amid heavy downpours, creating a strong current of water and mud that buried cars and tore trees along the way, according to witness accounts.

The two British citizens were travelling in a taxi when a river burst its banks on the popular holiday island.


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

A sports centre - the Miguel Ángel Nadal sports centre in the town of Manacor - has opened its doors to give shelter to local people whose homes have been damaged. The flooding also affected phone communications and forced the closure of at least seven major roads.

"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.

Sanchez was planning to travel to the area later on Wednesday, his office said.

In December 2016, there was widespread flooding in southern Spain and several people died.

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