British couple among six killed in Majorca flash floods

Sergio Conner
October 11, 2018

He wrote on Instagram: "Our most honest condolences to the loved ones of the victims of the serious floods in Sant Llorenc".

It is understood at least 10 people have been tragically killed after muddy water engulfed the town of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar when a river burst its banks.

The British Consulate has not yet confirmed the nationalities of the victims but said they were "urgently seeking" updates from the Spanish authorities.

Local media reported that at least another 12 people were still missing following the downpours, but emergency services declined to confirm the figure to Reuters.

Footage broadcast of the floods showed cars being swept away by the rampaging flood waters and many people remain trapped in their homes following the heavy rain which hit the region.

Two men were found dead around midday on Wednesday, one in the northeastern town of Arta and another at S'illot further south on the coast.

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At least three towns closed schools and hundreds of people were sheltered in sport facilities and a local horse racing track, authorities said.

The Spanish weather agency reported around 8in (20.3cm) of rain fell in four hours on Tuesday evening in parts of the island.

Authorities said 80 soldiers and seven vehicles from the military's emergency unit had joined Wednesday more than 100 rescuers who had been working in the area overnight. The flooding also affected phone communications, destroyed two bridges and forced the closure of 11 roads.

Sanchez will be flying to the area later Wednesday, his office said.

Spanish lawmakers held a minute's silence before opening Sanchez's weekly question time.

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