Devastating flood kills British couple in Majorca

Published:  11 Oct at 6 PM
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Tagged: Spain, Travel Abroad
A massive storm and torrential rain have caused devastating floods in Majorca, killing at least eight people including a British couple.

Rescuers are still searching for survivors of devastating floods which hit Majorca’s eastern region during a huge storm. At least eight people are believed to be dead, including two Britons who were travelling in a taxi when the floods hit. Their bodies were found in the taxi, and the driver is still missing, but it’s not yet certain whether the couple were tourists or expats living in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar. A massive flash flood inundated the town, sweeping cars out to sea, flooding the ground floors of homes and sending their occupants scrambling onto roofs to escape the rapidly rising waters.

Several residents were trapped in their homes and didn’t make it out to safety, with their bodies found in their wrecked properties. Some 100 residents have been rescued from flooded homes and are being cared for at a local council-run sports centre in nearby Manacor town. Sant Llorenc des Cardassar is still cut off by the flood and can only be reached on foot, and the power supply is seriously affected. A military emergency response unit has now arrived from Valencia and is helping to deal with the crisis. The same storm brought unusually heavy rain to Barcelona as well as in several popular Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca resorts including Benidorm.

A red alert, the most severe weather warning, has been issued for the Costa del Sol as well as the regions of Axarquia and Guardalhorce by Spain’s climate agency AEMET. Rainfall on Majorca hit 175 litres per square metre between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., reaching a huge 220 litres by early morning, almost a record amount for Spain. According to a spokesperson, a number of residents are feared still missing, and locals have been rescued from trees and the roofs of their flooded homes. Roads in the region are still closed whilst officials inspect the damage.
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